Trekking Greenland – Arctic Circle Trail -Nerumaq to Kangerlusarsuk Tulleq Nord

The weather had turned to crap again today as we continued our hike towards Sisimiut.

Hiking Day 7 - Arctic Circle Trail - West Greenland
It was actually really cold hiking through this

There were several rivers to cross

River crossings on Day 7 - Arctic Circle Trail - West Greenland
I had to take my boots off to cross both of these

and boggy patches to negotiate on this stretch of the trail.

A muddly  Arctic Circle Trail - West Greenland
This stretch and Day 4 had the worst of the boggy areas

By this time, Tyson had well and truly given up on keeping his trail runners dry and was just hiking through the mud and water – protected by his GoreTex socks.  I was still picking my way around these obstacles – so far succeeding in my efforts to keep the insides of my boots dry!

The next huts along the trail were Kangerlusarsuk Tulleq Nord (located on the water at the head of the Kangerlusarsuk Tulleq fjord) and Kangerlusarsuk Tulleq Sud, which was located up on a hill overlooking the fjord.   Although our aim was to camp beyond these two huts at the pass over to Sisimiut (our gas supply concerns were by now a distant memory), we decided to head down and check out Kangerlusarsuk Tulleq Nord before climbing up to re-join the main trail at Kangerlusarsuk Tulleq Sud, and then continue on to an appropriate campsite.  

You know what they say about the best laid plans…

We left the main trail and bush-bashed our way towards where we thought the hut would be.

Bush-bashing in the general direction of Kangerlusarsuk Tulleq Nord Hut - Arctic Circle Trail - West Greenland
Bush-bashing in the general direction of Kangerlusarsuk Tulleq Nord Hut

We eventually found it – right where it was meant to be – and headed inside for a look.

Approaching Kangerlusarsuk Tulleq Nord Hut - Arctic Circle Trail - West Greenland
The hut sits at the head of the Kangerlusarsuk Tulleq fjord

And that’s where our plan unraveled.  It was lovely inside!

Interior of Kangerlusarsuk Tulleq Nord Hut - Arctic Circle Trail - West Greenland
Light, bright, with loads of space and an awesome view. How could we not stay here?

There was an older German man staying there and we sat down with him to have our lunch.  It turned out he was as enamoured with Greenland as I am (this was his 7th trip!) and we fell into a great conversation about past and future adventures over never-ending cups of tea.  

To the point where it became impossible to leave 😉  Add in the fact that the weather had cleared up and the views of the fjord were stunning

Panorama Kangerlusarsuk Tulleq Fjord - Arctic Circle Trail - West Greenland

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and it didn’t take much to convince us to stay here rather than wild camp.  Yes, it would mean a long day tomorrow … but meh 🙂

With almost an entire afternoon up our sleeves, we decided to take a short hike over to the summer/weekend homes we could see further around the fjord. 

Summer homes near the Kangerlusarsuk Tulleq Nord Hut - Arctic Circle Trail - West Greenland
Summer homes or weekend homes on the Kangerlusarsuk Tulleq fjord

We made our way across the tidal river without too much trouble, took a rest beside a flat-pack home that had yet to go up (though the holes for the foundations were dug)

Taking in the view beside a yet to be constructed house near the Kangerlusarsuk Tulleq Nord Hut - Arctic Circle Trail - West Greenland
Taking in the view beside a flat-pack home

and made ourselves comfortable in the sun on someone else’s porch, surrounded by astroturf!

Greenlandic flag and astroturf at a weekend home - Arctic Circle Trail - West Greenland
Tyson relaxing on the lower deck of this weekend escape with astroturf

I decided that the mountains I had seen beyond these homes looked interesting and wanted to see what lay over that way.  So while Tyson relaxed, I threaded my way through more bog and headed up the ridge.   All I can say is “wow”!

Panorama of alternate valley near Kangerlusarsuk Tulleq Nord Hut - Arctic Circle Trail - West Greenland

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Although the low cloud was obscuring the tops of the mountains, the next valley over was absolutely stunning, and I lamented not having more time to take a side excursion for a couple of days to explore further.  

Instead, I collected Tyson and headed back across the now much higher river (oops, I’d forgotten it was a tidal river!) to our German friend and the 2 Asian Girls who had joined us at Kangerlusarsuk Tulleq Nord.   More wonderful conversation and tea over our evening meal, topped off with a beautiful sunset over the fjord.

Sunset from Kangerlusarsuk Tulleq Nord Hut - Arctic Circle Trail - West Greenland

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 = 16.9 km

Time taken = 7hrs 33mins

GPX File =Arctic-Circle-Trail-Nerumaq-Kangerlusarsuq-Tulleq-Nord.gpx

Strava Link =https://www.strava.com/activities/1813014972

Map

Basic Map of the route from the Nerumaq Hut to the Kangerlusarsuk Tulleq Nord Hut on the Arctic Circle Trail, West Greenland - from Strava

Altitude Profile

Altitude Profile of the route from the Nerumaq Hut to the Kangerlusarsuk Tulleq Nord Hut on the Arctic Circle Trail, West Greenland - from Strava
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