Hiking is one of the best-known adventure activities around the world, but it can be quite different in Greenland. Maps can be difficult to track down and even the capital city is remote. You can quickly find yourself far from everything and stocking up on forgotten supplies is not always as easy as running to the corner shop. That is why we created this Ultimate Greenland Hiking Guide to be your go-to source about all things hiking in Greenland.
Hiking terms decoded
Why a local hiking
guide is a good idea
Find your perfect
hiking route in Greenland
The Greenland GPS app & Where to order
Safety tips for
coming home in one piece
The Hiker’s 12
Choosing proper gear:
How to avoid blisters
and unnecessary chills
50 shops in Greenland
selling outdoor gear
How to prepare for wildlife
encounters in the nature
Get inspired by travel
journals from other hikers
Download a document with guidelines prepared by Government of Greenland.
Wildlife in Greenland
Greenland’s wildlife is rich and extremely diverse. You will encounter it out in the wilderness and on guided safaris.
A large part of the Greenlandic wildlife is found underwater. Learn more about the different types of whales in Greenland.
Do be prepared if you visit Greenland during the short but intense mosquito season! The season typically lasts between 4 to 6 weeks.
in South Greenland
Standing here in Narsarsuaq airport, the first word that strikes me is ‘grandeur’. I am about to go hiking in this spectacular landscape!
Trekking The Arctic Circle Trail in Greenland
Standing alone on Greenland’s barren ice cap in complete silence, you’re hit with the reality of how remote this place is. Smiling, I hike West as snow begins to fall.
Good enough to do 2x in 24 hours!
If there was an official “Top 10 Things To Do in Nuuk, Greenland” list, hiking Ukkusissaq (a.k.a. Store Malene) would be at the top.
Why I love
Many people have asked me about why I love long-distance trekking, given that the thought of trekking for 8 or 10 or 12 days without a shower or many creature comforts is quite a stretch for most.
Kingittorsuaq is proof that there’s BIG adventure in Nuuk, the Arctic Metropolis of Greenland. It is one of the four mountains in the city’s immediate vicinity that most residents know by name.
Packing & planning for
The Arctic Circle Trail
Preparing to hike Greenland’s Arctic Circle Trail? Here are some useful tips for packing and planning your trek based on my Greenland adventure in August 2015.