This is mainly a low-intensity walk through a valley. However, it requires traversing rivers and passing through sections of thick willow bushes and soggy marshes. Total distance 17km.
Exit the Nerumaq Hut and traverse the river close by. Mostly, you should be able to do this by jumping over the rocks. Move along the river, downstream. Turn back to observe, through the valley, the sharp stony mountains with huge rocky debris beneath them. The track continues to pass along more large rocks and then gets to an extremely wet and marshy area. Once you have traversed this area, make sure you get back on to the track as there is a wide gradient of thick willow scrub on the way ahead.
While hiking through the willow scrubs, walk slowly and carefully. Look out for the constricted, rocky track, paying attention to the bouncy and slippery twigs on the ground when treading forward. Keep an eye out for markers, especially the more noticeable ones as these will help you keep track of the general direction. At most places, the track is at a little distance from the river and if you lose it, it can be hard to get back onto it.
Finally, the trail goes down towards the river. There is a rock bar here which makes the perfect, natural point to cross the river crossing point. Immediately afterward, the river is gulped down into a rocky canyon. At times when the river flow is less, it may be possible to traverse it by jumping over the rocks in it. The trail keeps going downstream with a rocky slope decaying into sand and gravel, on one side and the river on the other side. A little further down the track, you will see markers telling about the location of another crossing. Like the previous one, this too may be traversed by jumping over the rocks emerging from the river.
Follow the track downstream, while it gradually moves away from the river. At times, it is positioned up above the wide and rocky flow. According to the map, the trail ascends over an offshoot at about 100m. However, the path tramped over by the hikers goes along the river. The fact that this route is so walked over shows that hikers favor it over the one on the map. Those who still do choose to follow the Arctic Circle Trail completely will be able to see a firm marker indicating the trail, although, the track going to it and returning is not visible at all.
You will find the remaining valley to have mostly wet and marshy grounds with some dry patches of willow and birch thickets. It’s best to stay on the track wherever it is visible and when it disappears, try to find it soon and get back onto it. You will be traversing little streams every now and then. Sharp and chunky gradients escalate towards the peak of Qaarajuttoq. When the track gets close to a lake, it goes beside the coast or even along the sand and grit shorelines. A certain stream running inwards is somewhat deep. However, if you walk a little upstream to bypass a small, deep pond, you can conveniently hop across the stream.
Continue to hike along the coast of the lake. You can then choose between two paths. If you decide to follow the coast of the lake, it will take you along an out-flowing river, which soon enters the sea at the head of the fjord of Kangerluarsuk Tulleq. You will see a hut at the head of the fjord.
If you follow the Arctic Circle Trail, it will ascend before reaching the lake and doesn’t go up to the head of the fjord. Initially there is no clear indication of it; however, after a while, you will see a thin tramped track. Look out for markers suggesting going across a wide summit at about 100m. Glance north across the fjord to see the ice-covered tops of Aqqutikitsoq. Keep an eye on the markers as the track is not very prominent.
Right across, there will be a hut. However, going straight towards it would mean stepping into the marshy area surrounding it. Rather, keep following the markers showing the track till you almost cross the hut. At this point, take a right turn and go down a dry and solid path which would take you directly to the hut. Gazing down the fjord, from both of these huts, you will be able to view other small huts. These are in close proximity of Sisimiut and fishermen often go to these huts.0