While you are spending time in Sisimiut or Kangerlussuaq, you can go for treasure-hunting. There is several geocaches in Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut.
But you can do this treasure-hunting while you are walking the Arctic Circle Trail. TriNitro have made a multi-cache on the trail.
You can start the geocache hunting from Kangerlussuaq or Sisimiut.
You can read more information about Geocaching at the official site.
An elderly man got ill yesterday and had therefore activated an emergency signal. The SAR helicopter was sent from Kangerlussuaq to the location, but it took some hours before they found the man and his group.
Luckily they have the needed security device – and the man was flow to Sisimiut hospital.
So please remember your safety device, you never know what could happen.
You can watch youtube video, showing the helicopter taking off again.
Today we got a great news from Google Street View team. The images taken 12th april 2017, is now visible on Google Street View.
So now you can view the entire Arctic Circle Trail winter trail on Google Street View.
Direct link to Google Street View starting in Kangerlussuaq.
Greenland is not member of EU, so your rights depends on your actual travel.
If your flight is cancelled then Air Greenland will book you to another flight. But you won’t be compensated otherwise.
When you are travelling to Greenland from EU, then you have rights under EU rules!
Compensation is specified at different thresholds:
If you are only travelling from Kastrup Airport to Kangerlussuaq, then the distance is lower than 3500km (3431 kilometer). So remember this if you are travelling to another destination like Sisimiut on the same reservation. Then you will be compensated with the maximum compensation rate.
From Kastrup Airport to Kangerlussuaq = Type 2.
From Kastrup Airport to Kangerlussuaq, and then to Sisimiut = Type 3.
If you arrived at your final destination with a delay of more than 3 hours, you are entitled to compensation, unless the delay was due to extraordinary circumstances.
If an airline expects a flight to be delayed, passengers are entitled to refreshments and communication if the expected delay is more than:
And the flight to Kangerlussuaq is a type 3 flight.
Cash compensation for cancelation is a payment of:
€250, in the case of a type 1 flight
€400, in the case of a type 2 flight
€600, in the case of a type 3 flight
You can read Air Greenland leaflet with your right here.
Arctic Circle Trail (ACT) in Greenland is regularly recorded as one of the best long-distance hikes on the planet. The trail extends up to 200 kilometers (124 miles) from the edge of the ice cap to the angling town of Sisimiut on the West coast.
During the summer months from June to September the trail is usually free of snow and offers a spectacular hike from the icecap to Sisimiut’s coast.
Depending on fitness levels and the weather, it can take anywhere between 7-12 days to complete. Except for a few wooden huts for bad weather and one bridge over the biggest river the trail offers no luxuries.
The normal hiking season is from June to August. Just around 400 individuals for every year walk the trail.
The landscape along the path is very diverse, changing with each kilometer one comes closer to the coast. Passing through low valleys covered by many lakes, it’s a relatively easy walk with regards to elevation.
The only towns are located at the beginning and end of the trail, meaning you must pack all your own food & survival gear for the duration of the hike. Plus a complete lack of civilization nearby in the event of an unexpected emergency.
ACT hikers must have experience surviving alone in the wild, understanding their own particular breaking points, reading weather patterns, and the capacity to explore new territory using a map and compass.
You’ll want to buy a series of 3 paper topographical maps that cover the entire length of the ACT. These maps are named Kangerlussuaq, Pingu and Sisimiut.
Most people enter ACT through the old military base in Kangerlussuaq which now is the international airport of Greenland. It’s thus a perfect starting point for hiking on the ACT since you just have to get out of the plane and start walking. Many hikers take the coastline either to Ilulissat to the north, or to Nuuk to the south. And if you haven’t got enough of the ACT, then you can start walking back to Kangerlussuaq ?
Just across the street from the terminal, there is a larger supermarket from which basic supplies can be bought. You can buy some ingredients for trail mix, but prepare your own trail mix before you arrive. It will be cheaper and you’ll have more options.
To actually start hiking on the ACT you have to follow a road along to Killy Ville for about 14 km to reach the of beginning trail. If you don’t want to walk that far you can also take a cab from Kangerlussuaq. If you decide to walk all the way make sure to pick up water in Kangerlussuaq since there aren’t that many source of clean water directly near the road.
The entire trail is generally marked with cairns those can be spread quite far apart. An additional problem for orientation is that you can every now and then come across hunting trails which might take you into completely different directions.
Having a close look at the map and using the many lakes as orientation is thus a big help to find the trail.
From Kangerlussuaq you are also quite close to the Greenland Ice Sheet so you can plan one or two days extra for a detour.
Around 85 per cent of Greenland is still within the grip of the geological period, covered by a huge ice cap that reaches a most thickness of regarding 3km (2 miles) within the middle of the country. In some places the ice reaches the sea, where it calves’ icebergs into the water. In other places the ice terminates a lot of than 200km (125 miles) from the ocean, leaving a strip of land that is freed from snow and ice throughout the summer.
The ACT exploits one among the widest of those unfrozen regions, which enjoys some of the country’s best weather.
For those undertaking the ACT, the easiest thanks to visit the ice cap is from Kangerlussuaq, where special four-wheeled drive vehicles follow a dirt road north-east past Russells Glacier to an area called ‘Point 660’. Visitors will stroll around on the edge of the ice cap, and the journey there and back may be accomplished in a day. No other half of Greenland’s ice cap is thus simply accessible, so build the most of it whereas within the space. Beware of crumbling junk earth at the sting of the ice, and keep away from torrential, murky glacial rivers. Not only do these rivers flow quick and furiously, but the sand and mud-banks close to them area unit notoriously unstable.
Outside of Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut finding drinking water is generally no problem since all the lakes are clean and unpolluted. But due to the level terrain you have to keep in mind that you are not passing many rivers big enough for taking drinking water, so if you leave a big lake, e.g. to make a longer climb over a hill or plateau, it’s generally a good idea to fill up the water supply ?
The small huts across the trail have very varying comfort. Some just consist of 4 bunk beds while others are more luxurious with more beds, tables and even heaters. We would really recommend to always take a tent with you on the ACT, because huts were often spaced very far apart spanning sometimes 20 km or more. There are also many very beautiful camping spots along the trail which are perfect for camping there overnight.
Approximately the middle of the trail is a wide and open valley through which the Ittineq river flows. The river itself is the deepest and strongest which has to be crossed on the ACT. In 2008 a bridge was build which can be used to safely cross the river. However, the bridge is located approximately 3 km from the old trail. The valley itself can be very wet and swampy, which makes it hard to cross unless the weather was warm enough to dry the swamps. If you can’t spot the bridge or just don’t want to bother looking for it you of course still use the old trail and go through the river ?
A summer trek along the ACT reveals extensive life, despite the species count being low. It could be delineated as ‘big game country, with reindeer and musk ox doubtless to be seen. Reindeer antlers and bones ar seen on a daily basis on the path. Juvenile reindeer ar inquisitive and might approach walkers, while adults ar fast to break away. Stocky, shaggy musk ox, related to sheep and goats, were hunted nearly to the purpose of extinction, but the space around Kangerlussuaq was restocked within the Nineteen Sixties with twenty seven calves, and their numbers are currently around ten thousand. Musk ox is just rarely seen on the trail. By all means admire them, but provide them wide berth. They are unpredictable, especially in family teams, and might charge anyone approaching them.
Two animals that do often seen are the arctic hare and fox. The hare is white, as are some of the foxes, but different foxes ar a dark color, referred to as ‘blue’.
Only a few of those sledge dogs live at Kangerlussuaq, though a lot of ar brought in at winter. At Sisimiut, anyone using the camping site can pass several sledge dogs as they walk to and from city. When one of them starts howling, they all start howling like wolves!
Land mammals are few in variety, but a trip to ocean from Sisimiut may reveal a spread of whales, seals and possibly even a pinnatiped (the emblem of the Sisimiut municipality). The sea contains variety of fish species, including cod, halibut, redfish and wolf fish. It is worth visiting the fish market in Sisimiut to examine the catch of the day’. Inland, clear lakes and rivers contain arctic char and salmon, which some walkers try to catch to supplement their food rations.
Notable birds include a selection of little species that dart, flutter and twitter among the Arctic scrub. Look out for the northern wheatear, common redpoll and snow bunting. The well-camouflaged ptarmigan can tolerate a shut approach. They are rather like grouse in size and habit. Black ravens are noticed on a daily basis, while birds of prey embrace the peregrine falcon and gerfalcon.
The abundant lakes support ducks, geese, waders and wildfowl. The largest lakes are home to the red-throated loon, which typically laughs at passing walkers and canoeists, or sometimes pipes a lament to their suffering! North American country geese and mallards ar usually seen, along with a spread of gulls close to the coast.
Insect life is abundant in high summer, but whereas butterflies might delight the eye, nothing causes more misery than the mosquitoes. From mid-June throughout July they will be a pestilence, but their numbers ar immensely depleted early in August, and by September they might be absent altogether. Consider victimisation dipterous insect repellent and dipterous insect nets in June and July, and hope that the first frosts decimate the mosquitoes shortly afterward.
Greenland, whether you coning from Europe or the United States, is best reached from Copenhagen in Denmark. Direct flights operate from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq, the international airport for the whole of Greenland. Anyone wishing to walk the ACT in reverse will fly forward from Kangerlussuaq to Sisimiut on a Dash-8 (about 25min. flight).
There are additionally flights from Iceland to Greenland, but these might be awkward for anyone walking the ACT, as onward flights are required to reach Kangerlussuaq.
If travel to Greenland can not be accomplished in an exceedingly day then take the chance to remain nightlong – or even longer – in Copenhagen, and make a town break out of it.
The total length of the Arctic Circle Trail between Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut is 165km (102 ½ miles). If you begin at the ice cap, the distance increases to 202km (125 ½ miles). Additional.
Here you can purchase scanned hiking maps for Sisimiut, Pingu and Kangerlussuaq.
These maps are scanned and rectified (georeferencing), so you can open it with Google Earth to view it. You will need Google Earth to view the scanned images.
You can plan your trip better with these maps, and many GPS devices can import Google Earth maps so you can import the maps to your device (if supported).
This is how it looks in Google Earth:
Zoomed in for Kangerlussuaq area:
This shows the scanned and Google Earth images:
The Google Earth file is 130MB in file size.
After you have paid, and your payment have been cleared, then you will get a download link to the .zip file with the .kmz (Google Earth) file immediately.
You need to have the original hiking maps !
You are only paying for my service for the scanning and rectification of the maps.
You will have INSTANT download access to the scanned and geolocated maps after the payment.
You can purchase these maps from the Manu Menu.Read More
Past an initial crossing above a fjord, the path ascends through a high valley. There is a sharp decline and then a gradual climb. Finally, the path declines and exits the mountains. It joins a rocky path and paved roads which eventually take you to Sisimiut. Total distance 20km.
If you begin today’s journey from the Kangerluarsuq Tulleq hut located at the head of the fjord, you first need to ascend to the second hut at a higher altitude at about 125m. From there, take a path going towards a stream. Cross the stream to join the Arctic Circle Trail a little further uphill. There is a marker to indicate the route. Take a thin and uninterrupted path that crosses over a slope above a fjord. However, there will be a series of ups and downs and a few ins and outs on this route. Traverse a little stony ravine with a stream. After a while, ascend uphill. It would seem like you are going in the direction of the waterfall.
Below the waterfall, there is a small stream. Drop a little to cross it and then continue to ascend uphill. Look out for markers while slowly moving away from the stream. However, also look for a sequence of beautiful waterfalls at a greater altitude. If you turn back and look at the head of the fjord, it looks more like a lake enclosed by mountains. Ascend more and search for a boulder rested on an exposed rock. Remember to stay well on its right to be able to find more markers. The track will become flat but would remain marshy for some time.
Ascend more and search for a marker on the horizon. You will be walking on a low, stony peak with a valley on each side. The slope is somewhat moderate. The track then takes you into an elevated valley called Qerrortusup Majoriaa. On your left will be a long and thin lake soaring above which you can view a private hut. The trail gets to 400m. and you would be able to view snow patches close by, even if you visit this place in late summers. In the front will be the jagged mountain range of Nasaasaaq or Kællingehætten, outlined in the middle of the valley. At this point, Sisimiut is not visible but it is past this mountain range.
The water from the lake flows into a level-grounded valley with lots of rocky pools and marshy moss, while the lake finishes. Luckily, the Arctic Circle Trail goes beside it and is on dry, solid ground. Descend down to traverse a shallow, rocky, river. Keep going across the valley, aiming for a gap. On your left will be a small lake. You will go along an odd, wide, level, rocky space where the river oozes in and out of shallow ponds with lots of rocks.
The river then runs downward, flowing towards a rocky ravine. Traverse it and following the markers, ascend a little. Hike downwards over a steep gradient, towards the jagged mountains. A green slope is reached and the track becomes a little unclear. Search for a big rock with a marker. It has a small pond on its right. Keep following the track which goes downhill and traverse a rocky, shallow river.
Gradually ascend uphill. On your left will be a small lake. Later you will see a few more small lakes on your right. The track comes to a sudden end on the gradients of Alanngorsuaq. However, you will see a marker downwards and another one in the front. Go ahead towards the marker in front and then go over a low, stone crest. Next, walk down a short, sheer, stony gradient. Hike in the direction of a wide opening with Alanngorsuaq and the gigantic Kællingehætten which has snow patches throughout the year. At about 250m. you will traverse the stony opening. You may be able to get a slight hint of the sea further on.
Decline down and on your right, you will be able to see a few huts and a ski lift. Keep going downhill and you will be able to momentarily see the airport runway, past Sisimiut. However, untill this point, you cannot see the town. Remember to stay rightward of the valley. You will have to cross a stream, ascend a short distance and then go down a slope, embossed with boulders, following a timeworn track. Note that if you ascend left at this point as suggested by the markers painted in blue, the Arctic Circle Trail can be joined by a climb of Kællingehætten.
All of a sudden, you will be able to view the tidal inlet of Kangerluarsunnguaq, a lake and finally the town of Sisimiut.
Follow the track downhill and then tread along the shoreline of the lake, while traversing slopes with boulder debris. Hike till the point where the lake ends and then go past a section of a marsh to get to a wide bridge made of wood, which has a lake on either side. You will reach a sandy automobile track which can take you directly to Sisimiut. The path swells and also rolls around low-rising hills and dips. Turn around to view spectacular mountains. Hear the howling and barking of Greenlandic sledge dogs, secured on the borders of the town. To go to the campsite, take a right turn and hike downhill towards a toilet in a wooden hut. There is no clear track to follow. If you are not headed to the campsite, simply go straight ahead until you get to these blue buildings.
You will reach a surfaced road and a bus stop. These are at the borders of Sisimiut. At the roundabout, take the road which has lampposts on its side. The name of this road is Aqqusinersuaq. It is the primary road which goes directly to the town of Sisimiut. While on this road, you will pass Hotel Sisimiut and Knud Rasmussenip højskolia. You will come across the least hygienic area of town before seeing a number of businesses on your way to the harbor. Remember to read the section ‘Services and facilities’ in the section of ‘Sisimiut, so you don’t miss out on anything important. The hike along the Arctic Circle Trail officially comes to an end when you get to the bright and fascinating harbor. Extra points for you if you began your journey from the ice cap!Read More