Hiking

The view over the first lake at Sassannguit - Sisimiut - Greenland

Foraging and hiking at Sassannguit – Greenland

Hunting and fishing are a very important part of the Greenlandic culture. The skill and ingenuity of the Inuit allowed them to live for thousands of years relying primarily on the skins and meat of the sea and land animals available to them. But they also made use of the limited plant life that grew …

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Hiking Greenland – Sisimiut’s UFO Hut

My plan upon arriving in Sisimiut after trekking the 160km Arctic Circle Trail from Kangerlussuaq, was to spend several more days in town doing day-hikes around the area. I found .gpx trails for several hikes at Destination Arctic Circle (thanks guys!) and was super-keen to do the “UFO Hike” in particular. After all, what exactly …

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Hiker at the summit of Nasaasaaq Mountain, overlooking the Amerloq Fjord near Sisimiut, West Greenland

Hiking Greenland – Nasaasaaq Mountain – Sisimiut

The most popular day-hike from Sisimiut is the climb up Palasip Qaqqaa – the 544m mountain that overlooks the airport. However, Tyson and I aren’t really ones to follow the crowds, and so on the first clear day after arriving in Sisimiut, we decided to tackle the pyramid-shaped Nasaasaaq Mountain (784m) instead. We picked up …

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Trekking Greenland – Arctic Circle Trail – Summary

If you love long-distance hiking and want to experience real solitude and untouched wilderness, the Arctic Circle Trail in West Greenland is definitely for you. Stretching for 160km along the Arctic Circle from Kangerlussuaq to Sisimiut, it is quickly rising in popularity after being featured in several “Top 10” lists in recent years. And while …

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

Last day on the Arctic Circle Trail.  Hard to believe it is over already! Tyson and I were up early (well, for us anyway) for a 7am departure.  It was 22km to Sisimiut and we wanted to get there just after lunch to ensure we managed to secure a bunk at the hostel.  No more …

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Sitting in IKEA-like chairs admiring the view - Arctic Circle Trail - West Greenland

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. There were several rivers to cross and boggy patches to negotiate on this stretch of the trail. By this time, Tyson had well and truly given up on keeping his trail runners dry and was just hiking through the mud …

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

Trekking Greenland – Arctic Circle Trail – Innajuattoq to Nerumaq

Staying at Innajuattoq II was an inspired idea 🙂 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 …

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Approaching Innjuattoq I Hut - Arctic Circle Trail - West Greenland

Trekking Greenland – Arctic Circle Trail – Eqalugaarniarfik to Innajuattoq

Another relaxed start to the day meant it was a minor miracle that I arrived at the viewpoint over the next large lake before the wind picked up.  Oh, I was so very, very thankful! [move cursor over the image to see the full panorama] The perfect reflections were absolutely stunning and it was not …

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Trekking Greenland – Arctic Circle Trail – Ikkattooq to Eqalugaarniarfik

After a 24km day and a 23km day, today was a relative doddle at only 18km.  We’d heard from some hikers coming the other direction that it was all downhill to the next hut.  And that was true … so long as you discounted the first 2km that rose quite steeply to another ridge! There …

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Rob looking for Musk Oxen from a high vantage point - Arctic Circle Trail - West Greenland

Trekking Greenland – Arctic Circle Trail – Canoe Center to Ikkattooq

It turned out Tyson and I were the only people to camp last night at the Canoe Center, despite both of us hating his tent.  Everyone else took the opportunity to sleep inside and had hit the trail early – long before we even got out of bed.  Admittedly, we took a very relaxed approach …

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