The Arctic Circle Trail is a breathtaking expanse of Greenland backcountry. The low Arctic vegetation climbs up the sides of mountains as the terrain grows steeper near the coast. Clean rivers and trickles from the rock beg you to quench your thirst. A faint trodden trail quietly lead you along your way.
A small, simple hut inconspicuously placed every once in awhile gives the only evidence that anyone has crossed these hills before, though most still opt for sleeping in a tent, or even under the open sky, to maintain the feeling of being connected with nature.
The Arctic Circle Trail is a special place on Earth where the fact that things are missing is the selling point. No cars. No buildings. No stresses. And nearly no people. This is because Greenland is a land for pioneers, travelers who explore places that few others dream of.
This trail is for physically healthy people. It is a natural terrain trail and typically takes 9-11 days to complete. Most people walk from Kangerlussuaq to Sisimiut, although there are some who walk the other way or even walk both ways. The trail gains elevation from east to west.
DIVERSE TRAIL EXPERIENCES
All good hikes, especially one as long as the Arctic Circle Trail, beg for a bit of spontaneity, so create your own adventure whenever you please. Take the abandoned canoe you stumbled upon for a spin. Bring your lightweight fishing gear and aim for fresh trout for dinner. Play nature photographer when reindeer, small Arctic fox, and hare skitter past.
When the toes need a bit of relief, and the back a break after days with a heavy pack under the warmth of the eternal summer Midnight Sun, take a day’s pause from walking to enjoy your own company. The breath of fresh air will energize you anew.