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The very concept of trekking a long waymarked trail in Greenland must envision pictures of endless ice-fields, marauding polar bears, desperate struggles for survival and huge expense. Actually, the Arctic Circle Trail offers a fairly simple trek, provided it can be approached with careful thought and planning. Ignore the huge ice-cap and polar bears, which are there if you want them, such as the feature on the trail. Instead, focus on one of the largest ice-free aspects of Greenland, between your international airport at Kangerlussuaq and the western seaboard at Sisimiut.
The Arctic Circle Trail is genuinely north of the Arctic Circle due to the entire length, meaning that in midsummer there is absolutely no nightfall, and also for the brief summertime ordinary trekkers can enjoy the wild and desolate tundra by simply following stone-built cairns. Taking into account that there’s absolutely nowhere you can acquire provisions on the way, for over 100 miles (160km), the tough part will be ruthless when packing food and all sorts of kit you’ll want to stay alive. Water is clean, fresh, plentiful and freely available. In the event you bring all your food to Greenland and limit your spending, the trail may be completed with limited funds. Detailed maps and guidebooks are available.
Some trekkers burden themselves with huge and packs, which require great effort to hold, which experts claim means carrying lots of food to stoke track of extra calories. Think light and pack light. There are some basic wooden huts at intervals along the route, offering four walls, a roof, and bunks for between four and 24 trekkers. They may not be staffed, can’t be pre-booked, and give no facilities in addition to shelter. Should you carry a tent, you are able to pitch it anywhere that suits you, subject simply to the of the terrain and also the prevailing weather.
Normally, weather originates from two directions – east and west. An easterly breeze, coming from the ice-cap, is cool and extremely dry. A westerly breeze, coming off the sea, will bring cloud and a measure of rain. It won’t snow within the short summer months, mid-June to mid-September, but also for the rest of the time, varying numbers of snow and ice will take care of the trail, plus the centre of winter it will likely be dark continuously and temperatures will plummet far, far below freezing for months on end.
The airport terminal at Kangerlussuaq enjoys around 300 clear-sky days annually, therefore the weather must be good, along with the trail starts using an easy tarmac and dirt road. Beyond the research station at Kellyville, the way is simply narrow path across empty tundra dotted with lakes. If you intend to walk from hut to hut, then this route is going to take maybe nine days, unless stages are doubled-up. Employing a tent offers greater flexibility, and a few trekkers complete the route after as little as a week. Huts are placed at Hundeso, Katiffik, The Canoe Centre, Ikkattook, Eqalugaarniarfik, Innajuattok, Nerumaq and Kangerluarsuk Tulleq. Youth hostels and hotels can be found on the terminal points of Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut.
There is the option to make use of a free kayak to paddle for hours on end across the large lake of Amitsorsuaq, as an alternative to walk along its shore. There are only a number of kayaks, of course, if they are all moored with the ‘wrong’ end from the lake, then walking will be the only option. The path can often be low-lying, below 500ft (150m), but climbs sometimes over 1300ft (400m), notably around Ikkattook, Iluliumanersuup Portornga and Qerrortusuk Majoriaa. There is a few river crossings whose difficulty is determined by melt-water and rainfall. They are difficult at the beginning of the growing season, but much better to ford later. The biggest river, Ole’s Lakseelv, has a footbridge if neccessary.
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