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.
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.
More on the Arctic Circle Trail
All my posts on my Greenland visit and Arctic Circle Trail solo hike:
- Day planning for Greenland / Arctic Circle Trail solo hike attempt 1 (June 2019) – the full day planning of my trip, including my visits to Ilulissat and Ilimanaq, based on a 5/6-day thru-hike.
- Day planning for Greenland / Arctic Circle Trail solo hike attempt 2 (August 2020) – the full day planning of my trip, including my visits to Ilulissat and Ilimanaq, based on a 7/8 day thru-hike.
- 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).
- All my Greenland tips collected.
And more general preparation for the trail …
All posts on the Arctic Circle Trail
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