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Arctic Circle Trail in Greenland (June 2014)

15 Jan January 15

Travelling from 26/05/2014 to 15/06/2014


My decision to travel around the world for two years kept me pretty busy and excited in the last weeks, but eventually I also had to take care of the trips prior to that and especially this remote one is something to look out for: Greenland, the world’s largest Island. Check out what I’ve planned and see if you want to join me on the 165km long Arctic Circle Trail!

Going to Greenland seems to be the perfect “warm up” for the ultimate ice experience – the Antarctic – which I plan to visit this December/January. Actually you can only get there from Denmark or Iceland with only one Airline serving the Island of Greenland. Unsurprisingly, the prices are pretty high but I think I managed to get the cheapest possible combination of Flights and Ships right in time as one of the flights only had two seats left when I purchased the ticket.

This is my current plan, in case you should be interested to join me, please Google up the bold terms to get an idea on what it is since I’m not going to explain here:

On May 26th, I will fly in from Copenhagen to the main airport hub in the west, Kangerlussuaq, which just seems to be a remote airstrip in the middle of nowhere. From there, I will take on a 1-2 days hike to the Russel’s Glacier, which is the first point of contact with the immense ice cap that covers most of the Island. Hiking back to Kangerlussuaq, I will then take a one-way flight to Ilulissat in the north on the 29th of May and stay in the area for three days to fully enjoy the amazing Ilulissat Ice Fjord and Disco Bay before boarding a Ship on June 1st to Sisimiut. Getting one day to rest, I will then start to hike the 165km long Arctic Circle Trail back to Kangerlussuaq, which usually takes about nine days. Having two backup days in case some delays will occur, I will fly back to Copenhagen on June 14th.

Obviously, this trip will feature a massive outdoor trail and everyone who wants to join in would need to bring full hiking equipment including a tent and cooker. There is no form of civilization on the Artic Circle Trail, so all the food and other goods need to be carried in the backpack. Some more random facts:

– I will celebrate my 30th Birthday on June 2nd after arriving in Sisimut. So we might end up starting the 165km hike a bit hangover!

– We will be able to see huge Ice Bergs crushing down in Ilulissat, certainly something I am looking most forward to.

– We will also see a lot of whales possibly on the way from Ilulissat to Sisimut, especially during the “stop over” in Aasiaat.

– The Midnight sun will be up during this trip which means it will never get dark!

– The main season to do the hike starts mid june, so we might have some snow/ice on the way in case of a long winter but we should be able to avoid the massive mosquito swarms o the summer!

Anyone who is interested to join should send me a message on Facebook, even though I don’t expect that to be too many people 🙂

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If you are interested in joining me for this trip, please check out the About Me section to get to know me a bit better first. Also head over to my Travel Report or Photography pages to read about my previous trips or see a list of all my Upcoming Trips!

Posted by on 15th January 2014 in Travel, Upcoming

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0 responses to “Arctic Circle Trail in Greenland (June 2014)

  1. T

    18th February 2014 at 19:56

    Watch out for snow and high rivers – especially near Sisimiut. It could be early on the ACT, and can not passable depending on the year/weather. But it is an amazing trip – I didn’t see another person the entire time but didn’t see many mosquitoes either. That’s the perk of being early. Enjoy!

  2. Katie H.

    11th March 2014 at 17:49

    Hi! I’m so glad to see another soul is planning to hike this. We’re researching Greenland in June of 2014, too, and I’d love to get some information from you on flights and ships. Would you be willing to share?

    • Chris

      11th March 2014 at 18:27

      Sure, send me a message on Facebook and I’ll give u my flight Infos! Would be great to have some people joining me for this trip 🙂

  3. maurizio

    24th March 2014 at 16:52

    why not posting this trip on which is there exactly for these kind of things?
    check it out, it’s made for travelers looking for other travelers.
    if you need help let me know!

  4. Mikkel Lund

    21st April 2014 at 02:07

    My wife and I will make you a birthday cake here in Sisimiut. Just write me a note.

  5. csurfleet

    12th September 2014 at 13:16

    Hi Chris! I’d be really keen to hear your thoughts on the trek – I’m looking to do this in June 2015. Do you think the trail would be too different or better/worse in the other direction? There seems to be more to do in the area around Sisimiut so finishing there could give me extra days if I finish the trail early

    Thanks a lot!

  6. Chris

    12th September 2014 at 13:42

    There is more to do in Sisimiut for sure! If you go very early in June like we did, you might encounter snow if you start from Sisimiut. It might already be gone by the time you reach it if you start oin the other side. I am very happy that we started in the opposite direction since the snow made it much more interesting, depends on how much adventure you want on your trip though. Also, you should have more luck with the canoes doing it the other way around.

  7. oxyc

    28th September 2014 at 22:59

    Ahoy fellow traveler! I’m curious, if you have the time to respond, how much did you spend on flights/ships? Did you camp while in sisimut and kangerlussuaq or did you find some sort of budget accommodation?

    Best regards from the middle east!

  8. Chris

    25th May 2015 at 19:47

    Hey there! Just saw this comment, sorry for the late reply 🙂

    So I spent 7600 krones (around 850 euros) for the 3 flights and the ship. But I have to say that I got the cheapest possible deals for all of them because I booked early!

    I cant believe its actually been a year already, a good reason to finally start work on the third and final part of my trip reports… lets see what I can do 🙂


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