Trekking Greenland – Arctic Circle Trail – Innajuattoq to Nerumaq

Staying at Innajuattoq II was an inspired idea ūüôā

Innajuattoq II (the Lake House) overlooking the lake - Arctic Circle Trail - West Greenland
Hard to leave this spot!

Tyson and I actually dragged ourselves out of bed early for a change (7am), and I finally had hot porridge (and tea!) for breakfast since we no longer had to ration our gas.  Porridge really is a whole lot more tasty with wild blueberries!

We eventually set out at 9am, just after the Kiwi-Canadians.  And while Tyson (with his long legs) decided to rock-hop across the river where it met the lake, I’d ascertained that there was no way my shorter legs were going to make it.  Instead, I headed down the river a little to try to find a way across in collaboration with the Kiwi-Canadians.  Hmmm… there was no obvious route… In the end, I decided to simply take my boots off and wade across.  Again – I’m determined to reach the end of the trail with dry boots!

Hikers crossing the river near Innajuattoq II Hut - Arctic Circle Trail - West Greenland
The Kiwi-Canadians endeavouring to find a way across the river that ran right beside the Innajuattoq II Hut

Tyson and I spent a lot of today hiking with Jo and Andrew (yes, we did actually know the names of the Kiwi-Canadians ūüėČ ).  The weather was glorious as we hiked along the trail 

Hiking views Day 6 - Arctic Circle Trail - West Greenland

and both Jo and I spent a lot of time taking pictures of the flowers that we saw.  At this time of year, there is an abundance of wildflowers along the trail!

Montage of flowers found along the Arctic Circle trail in late August. West Greenland
I love the wildflowers in Greenland

The trail that we ended up following took us up onto a ridge 

looking behind us from the ridge on Day 6 - Arctic Circle Trail - West Greenland

where we had lunch overlooking the most incredible view out towards the mountains ahead of us and the river valley (with another trail) below us. 

Ridge view on Day 6 - Arctic Circle Trail - West Greenland

I loved the open vista as we descended into the valley

Descending into the valley from the ridge on Day 6 - Arctic Circle Trail - West Greenland

collecting blueberries for breakfast along the way.  Yes, by this time I’d convinced Tyson that wild blueberries made everything taste better ūüôā

Tyson picking wild blueberries along the  Arctic Circle Trail - West Greenland
I spent a lot of time doing this. Here Tyson is getting in on the act.

The trail led us through a small forest of Arctic willow – always a strange feeling to be walking through vegetation as high as you are in Greenland

Forest of arctic willow - Arctic Circle Trail - West Greenland
Such a strange sight to see vegetation taller than ankle-height

before it turned the corner in another valley to arrive at Nerumaq Hut, stunningly situated at the base of a rocky bluff.

 Nerumaq Hut - Arctic Circle Trail - West Greenland
The Nerumaq Hut is in an amazing setting

The Kiwi-Canadians had decided to camp here for the night, but we decided to push on up the valley a little further.

Hiking away from the Nerumaq Hut on Day 6 - Arctic Circle Trail - West Greenland

We were starting to wonder if we’d ever find a spot that was sheltered from the wind (bloody tent!), and in the end we lucked out and camped at a beautiful spot with a clear view up the valley we’d just walked along.

Tent and campsite on Day 6 - Arctic Circle Trail - West Greenland
Gorgeous campsite! Terrible tent ūüôĀ

We ran the gauntlet with the Greenlandic mosquitoes once more as we prepared our dinner outside

Preparing main meal on the Arctic Circle Trail - West Greenland
I had bought packets of dry trekking food with me from the Czech Republic. You just need to boil some water and add for a surprisingly tasty meal!

and enjoyed the view while the sun set. Life doesn’t get much better than this!

Room with a view from our tent at the end of Day 6 - Arctic Circle Trail - West Greenland
Room with a view!

Read more about hiking the Arctic Circle Trail

If this post has piqued your curiosity about hiking and trekking in Greenland, read about the rest of my adventure over 8 days on the Arctic Circle Trail:

If it has sparked an interest in Greenland more generally, learn more about this amazing country at Visit Greenland, and check out the wide range of tours of all kinds (not just hiking and trekking) at Guide to Greenland.

Trekking Information

Distance = 21.4 km

Time taken = 8hrs 27mins

GPX File =Arctic-Circle-Trail-Inajuattoq-Nerumaq.gpx

Strava Link =https://www.strava.com/activities/1813015191

Map

Basic Map of the route from the Innajuattoq II Hut (the Lake House) to the Nerumaq Hut on the Arctic Circle Trail, West Greenland- from Strava

Altitude Profile

Altitude profile of the route from the Innajuattoq II Hut (the Lake House) to the Nerumaq Hut on the Arctic Circle Trail, West Greenland- from Strava
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