Trekking in Greenland - The Arctic Circle Trail

From Kangerlussuaq to Sisimiut

By Paddy Dillon

Available 15 February 2019

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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.

Seasons

Seasons

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
Centres

Centres

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

Difficulty

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

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
ISBN
9781852849672
Availability
Not Yet Published
Available
15 Feb 2019
Edition
Second
Pages
136
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.2cm
  • Overview

    At just over 100 miles long, and taking 7 to 10 days to complete, the Arctic Circle Trail crosses the largest ice-free patch of West Greenland. This splendid trekking route, lying 25-30 miles north of the Arctic Circle runs from Kangerlussuaq to Sisimiut (both of which have airport access). T

    he trail traverses remote, empty, silent and stunningly scenic arctic tundra, and is mostly gently graded with just a few short, steep and rocky slopes. However, the landscape between the two towns of Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut is extremely remote and those who choose to take on this route must be competely self-sufficient. The book includes plenty of practical information on what to take with you and when to go, as well as on safety, travel and accommodation.

    Fully illustrated with a variety of photographs and its route is highlighted on continuous trekking maps. The guide also includes an optional extension to the Greenlandic ice cap.

  • Contents

    Contents
    INTRODUCTION

    Geology
    The ice cap
    Wildlife
    Plants and flowers
    History
    Culture
    Travelling to Greenland
    When to go
    Accommodation
    Toilets
    Health and safety
    Food, drink and fuel
    Language
    Money
    Communications
    Trekking in Greenland
    River crossings
    What to take
    Waymarking and access
    Maps
    Emergencies
    Using this guide
    The Arctic Circle Trail
    Kangerlussuaq
    Preamble – ascent of Sugar Loaf
    Optional Extension – ice cap to Kangerlussuaq
    Day 1 Kangerlussuaq to Hundesø
    Day 2 Hundesø to Katiffik
    Day 3 Katiffik to Canoe Centre
    Day 4 Canoe Centre to Ikkattooq
    Day 5 Ikkattooq to Eqalugaarniarfik
    Day 6 Eqalugaarniarfik to Innajuattoq
    Day 7 Innajuattoq to Nerumaq
    Day 8 Nerumaq to Kangerluarsuk Tulleq
    Day 9 Kangerluarsuk Tulleq to Sisimiut
    Sisimiut
    Post-amble – Ascent of Nasaasaaq
    Appendix A Route summary table
    Appendix B Language notes and glossary
    Appendix C Useful contacts

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Paddy Dillon

Paddy Dillon is a prolific outdoor writer with over 90 guidebooks to his name, and contributions to 40 other publications. He has written for a variety of outdoor magazines, as well as many booklets and brochures for tourism organisations. Paddy lives near the Lake District and has walked in every county in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales; writing about walks in every one of them. He enjoys simple day walks, challenging long-distance walks, and is a dedicated island-hopper. He has led guided walks and walked extensively in Europe, as well as in Nepal, Tibet, Korea, Africa and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the United States. Paddy is also a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild and President of the Backpackers Club.​

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