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Arctic Circle Trail solo hike – all you need to know

By January 28, 2019 May 9th, 2020 No Comments

The sheer definition of a remote trail.

Introduction to the 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.

As I’m getting closer to my Arctic Circle Trail solo hike in August 2020, I started to collect different posts and information in preparation. I will be attempting a thru-hike of the Arctic Circle Trail, starting from Sisimiut and finishing in Kangerlussuaq. After that, I will spend some time exploring Ilulissat and Kangerlussuaq. I had to cancel my first attempt in June 2020 because of a viral infection (and went on to hike the Kumano Kodo in Japan), so I’ll highlight both the preparations for my first and second attempt. So here’s all there is to know about my Arctic Circle Trail solo hike.

Polle cut out
Russell Glacier should be something like this
Eqi glacier
Arctic Circle Trail in Greenland
Lake House on the Arctic Circle Trail. Photo by Phoebe Smith
Arctic Circle Trail Ikkattooq weather
Arctic Circle Trail cairns. Photo by Expert Vagabond
Arctic Circle Trail Ikkattooq weather
Arctic Circle Trail. Photo by The Unusual Traveler.
Ilulissat Icefjord - Photo by globingaround.com
Russell Glacier should be something like this
Hopefully waking up like this at the terrace at IIimanaq lodge

Why you'll love the Arctic Circle Trail

I guess pretty much like Antarctica, Greenland has had a timeless attraction to many adventurers over the years. It’s amazing nature, animals and it’s remoteness. It might very well be that you won’t see any other living creature for several days.

Preparation and planning for an Arctic Circle Trail solo hike

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 before and after the Arctic Circle Trail in Greenland

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 (there is just soooo much to do in Greenland) but eventually settled on Ilullissat – to visit the Eqi glacier, do some kayaking, and to stay the night at stunning Ilimanaq lodge.

My Arctic Circle Trail solo hike

I’ll add after my hike 🙂

If you have any tips? Let me know!

Learnings from my Arctic Circle Trail solo hike

I’ll add after my hike 🙂

If you have any tips? Let me know!

More on the Arctic Circle Trail

All my posts on my Greenland visit and Arctic Circle Trail solo hike:


And more general preparation for the trail …

All posts on the Arctic Circle Trail

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