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Trekking in Greenland - The Arctic Circle Trail

From Kangerlussuaq to Sisimiut

A comprehensive guidebook for hiking the Arctic Circle Trail, which crosses the largest ice-free area of West Greenland, 25-30 miles north of the Arctic Circle. At just over 100 miles long, and taking 7 to 10 days to complete, this splendid backpacking route runs from Kangerlussuaq to Sisimiut - both with airport access.


a summer walk, ideally from mid-June to mid-September, when the tundra is bursting with life; during the long winter, snow and ice, short days and bitter cold are the norm


start at Kangerlussuaq and finish at Sisimiut - vast empty landscapes inbetween


not particularly difficult, mostly gently graded, but with a few short, steep, rocky slopes but very remote; trekkers must be completely self-sufficient but basic huts are available at good intervals

Must See

trips to the ice cap; visiting an arctic desert; climbing Sugar Loaf; Kangerlussuaq; Tarajornitsut saline lakes; paddling the lake of Amitsorsuaq; beach at Kangerluatsiarsuaq; views from Iluliumanersuup Portornga; the valley below Nerumaq; the valley of Qerrortusup Majoriaa; Nasaasaaq; Sisimiut
22 Feb 2019
17 Jan 2023
17.20 x 11.60 x .90cm

A guidebook to trekking the Artic Circle Trail from Kangerlussuaq to Sisimiut. Covering 160km (100 miles), this long-distance hike crossing the largest ice-free patch of western Greenland takes 7–10 days and is suitable for experienced trekkers.

The route is described from east to west in 9 stages, each between 11 and 22km (7–14 miles) in length. An alternative start is presented providing an option to begin the route at ‘Point 660’ ice cap. Optional ascents of Sugar Loaf and Nasaasaaq are also included.

  • 1:100,000 Harvey maps included for each stage
  • GPX files available to download
  • Detailed information on huts, transport and facilities
  • Advice on planning and preparation

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Paddy Dillon Cicerone author DILLON

By Paddy Dillon

Paddy Dillon is a prolific walker and guidebook writer, with over 100 guidebooks to his name and contributions to 40 other titles. He has written for several outdoor magazines and other publications and has appeared on radio and television.Paddy uses a tablet computer to write as he walks. His descriptions are therefore precise, having been written at the very point at which the reader uses them.Paddy is an indefatigable long-distance walker who has walked all of Britain's National Trails and several European trails. He has also walked in Nepal, Tibet, Korea and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the US.

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