As I’m getting closer to my Arctic Circle Trail solo hike in June, I started to collect different posts and information in preparation. I will be attempting a
Before we start: Arctic Circle Trail
Greenland’s Arctic Circle Trail is often listed as one of the best long-distance hikes in the world. The trail stretches up to 200 kilometers (124 miles) from the edge of the ice cap to the fishing town of Sisimiut on the West coast. While 85% of Greenland is covered in ice, there’s a narrow strip along the coastline that’s actually green! And red. And purple. And yellow.
Planning for the Arctic Circle Trail
As the Arctic Circle Trail is mostly a truly solo hike with no opportunities to re-supply during your trek, it requires quite some planning when it comes to food, weather (!), clothing and your shelter. Also, the decision on which direction to hike the trail (more in the next paragraph) is an important one.
Activities around the Arctic Circle Trail
I made the deliberate decision to start from Sisimiut. I wanted to avoid -for whatever reason- to be delayed and to miss my flight from Sisimiut to Kangerlussuaq. That is why I decided to start from Sisimiut and walk to Kangerlussuaq.
With a few spare days, I considered several options, but eventually settled on Ilullisat – to visit the Eqi glacier, do some kayaking, and to stay the night at Ilimanaq lodge.
Arctic Trail solo hike posts
I will be updating the posts and this posts towards my hike in June.
- Day planning for Greenland / Arctic Circle Trail solo hike – the full day planning of my trip, including my visits to Ilullisat and Ilimanaq.
- Planning and preparation for my Arctic Circle Trail solo hike – a full post following my preparations for the trail.
- Weather information on the Arctic Circle Trail – the weather is a big factor on the trail – so how to keep up to date without cellphone connection?
- Food on the Arctic Circle Trail – how I plan to get food and eat on the trail.
- Solo hike packing list for the Arctic Circle Trail – my continuously updated packing list.
- Greenlandic words for hiking in Greenland – some words that might prove useful when encountering locals.
- Ah, and the city of Copenhagen, the gateway to my Greenland adventure (I will be flying in from Brussels via Amsterdam)
Got additional tips? Let me know!