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!0