By now the Arctic Circle Trail has begun properly. The trekkers know what to expect and how to search for signposts while walking on thin or broad paths which keeps changing between stony, solid or marshy land. The path is surrounded by several low hillocky mounts while reaching a height of 350m. only one time. Several small lakes are passed on this route. The path begins next to a lake and also ends next to another large lake. Total distance 20km.
Take a walk towards Lake Hundesø from your hut or caravan. You would notice patches of exposed land covered with salt on a dry day. Go left along the coast to find green algae twirling in the saline water. Lake Brayasø is only slightly visible from here. Lake Hundesø is detached from it due to a gradual rise. Look for landmarks indicating a left bend. The path rises slightly from the coast of Lake Hundesø while crossing a distinct bulge of exposed rock.
Walk down a gradually declining path to reach a small estuary on Hundesø. From here you can move to an adjacent lake called Limnæsø. The track inclines gradually at the beginning to bypass a landmark of an exposed rock and declines gradually at the end while maintaining a distance from the coast. Like before, on a dry day, you would find patches of exposed land covered with salt. There is a small lake on the right and the track inclines slightly. Pass through a wide and mild opening at approximately 200m. and then pass over a very rocky land near a large lake. After the saline lakes of Tarajornitsut, coming across this freshwater lake feels great.
Move to the right for a good rise for the first time during the day. This rise is rather a gradual one that evens out afterwards when the pass crosses an opening. Strangely, the landmarks denoting the Arctic Circle Trail continue with the climb. However, there is no track to connect them. It looks like the hikers are leaving the place by passing through an opening to go to another lake before they meet the same landmarked path by ascending uphill. Small anomalies can be seen on this route.
At about 300m. a noticeable signpost is seen. A small island inside a lake is visible in front. You should remain elevated on the slope. The track in this part is not very clear. At times, it disappears completely. Just keep going ahead to find the track or to target the next signpost. In the distance, a group of noticeable vaulted hills can be seen. You will get to these hills near the end of the day. The track then crosses a couple of small lakes a majority of which are round. If it’s a clear day, you might catch a glimpse of a peak ‘Pingu’ in the distance. It will be more visible in the next couple of days’ journey. On this day, it will appear again a number of times, from the spaces between the hills on the right.
Initially, the track ripples slightly and then dips significantly until it gets to small and flat marshy land bordered by two lakes. You will find this area shown as a tent pitch on the map. The lake which lies on the right-hand side border is known as Qarlissuit. You will see this lake a number of times during this day. You need to cross a thin and shallow river between these lakes. The water level is only knee-high. At times, it can easily be crossed by stepping on the rocks in it. The river channel is quite mucky.
When you have crossed the river, you would need to cover a short distance of a sharp climb, while staying on the left of a small hill. Descend down to another hole with a little bulge on it. Both the lakes can be seen on either side. For the second time during this day, you have to ascend a really steep climb. The track then gets to the hemispherical hills which had appeared earlier in the day. Once across a small depression and ascending around 350m., there is the last chance to turn back and view the ice cap in the distance.
The slightly rolling track crosses a rocky summit which offers a view of two little marshy ponds. Descend down and cross a marshy slope. On your right, you would be able to see Qarlissuit and past it, Amitsorsuaq would be visible. Ascend again, while staying on the right when the track declines again. This would take you to the coast of Qarlissuit, where at a distance of about 230m. you would find a small sandy shoreline. There is also an additional track which rises beside a curvy crown. However, this track is hard to take as it later becomes difficult.
Keep going straight, while moving along the coast of the lake. Cross a space indicated by a marker. Travel downhill on the track, where scrubs try to make it confusing. Also stay clear of a low gorge with blanched rocks. The track then glides leftwards and goes along an uneven crest of a rocky moraine, while crossing a marker. Down below, a hut can be seen between a little, curved lake and the larger lake, Amitsorsuaq. Keep going ahead while remaining on the left of the small curvy lake, to get to the Katiffik hut at about 120m.
This is a small and dark hut with a single window. In other words, it provides a place to spend the night for three people, in a single room. However, three more travellers can use the floor to sleep on. The room also has a small cooking place, a table and an immobile bench. At a side of this hut, you will find a shed for storage. Next to the lake, there is a canoe frame. Canoes, if available can be travelled in to cover the next day’s journey. Before setting out in the canoes, do make sure that they are properly waterproof and have lifejackets and paddles available.0