• Marquez Chandler posted an update 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    The notion of trekking a long waymarked trail in Greenland must conjure pictures of endless ice-fields, marauding polar bears, desperate struggles for survival and big expense. Actually, the Arctic Circle Trail supplies a pretty easy trek, provided it can be approached with careful thought and planning. Overlook the huge ice-cap and polar bears, that happen to be there if you want them, along with feature on the trail. Instead, focus on among the largest ice-free areas of Greenland, involving the air port at Kangerlussuaq as well as the western seaboard at Sisimiut.

    The Arctic Circle Trail is genuinely north with the Arctic Circle for its entire length, so that in midsummer there’s no nightfall, as well as the brief summer time ordinary trekkers can enjoy the wild and desolate tundra by simply following stone-built cairns. Considering that there are absolutely nowhere you can get provisions on the route, for over 100 miles (160km), the hard part shall be ruthless when packing food and all the kit you have to stay alive. Water is clean, fresh, plentiful and freely available. In case you bring all of your food to Greenland and limit your spending, the way can be completed within a strict budget. Detailed maps and guidebooks can be found.

    Some trekkers burden themselves with huge and high packs, which require great effort to carry, which often means carrying a lot of food to stoke on top of extra calories. Think light and pack light. There are some basic wooden huts at intervals on the way, offering four walls, a roof, and bunks for between four and 24 trekkers. They’re not staffed, can’t be pre-booked, and offer no facilities in addition to shelter. In case you possess a tent, it is possible to pitch it anywhere that suits you, subject simply to the type of the terrain and also the prevailing weather.

    Generally, the next thunderstorm originates from two directions – east and west. An easterly breeze, coming over ice-cap, is cool and incredibly dry. A westerly breeze, coming from the sea, provides cloud and a measure of rain. It will not snow in the short summer season, mid-June to mid-September, but also for the remaining portion of the time, varying levels of ice and snow will handle the way, as well as in the center of winter it’ll be dark constantly and temperatures will plummet far, far below freezing for months on end.

    The airport terminal at Kangerlussuaq enjoys around 300 clear-sky days a year, so the weather must be good, as well as the trail starts by following a straightforward tarmac and dirt road. At night research station at Kellyville, the way is simply a narrow path across empty tundra dotted with lakes. If you plan just to walk from hut to hut, then a route will require maybe nine days, unless stages are doubled-up. Using a tent offers greater flexibility, and several trekkers complete the route in as little as weekly. Huts can be found at Hundeso, Katiffik, The Canoe Centre, Ikkattook, Eqalugaarniarfik, Innajuattok, Nerumaq and Kangerluarsuk Tulleq. Youth hostels and hotels can be found in the terminal points of Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut.

    There is the option to make use of a free kayak to paddle all day down the large lake of Amitsorsuaq, instead of walk along its shore. There are just a handful of kayaks, and if all are moored with the ‘wrong’ end with the lake, then walking could be the only option. The way is frequently low-lying, below 500ft (150m), but climbs occasionally over 1300ft (400m), notably around Ikkattook, Iluliumanersuup Portornga and Qerrortusuk Majoriaa. There is a number of river crossings whose difficulty is dependent upon melt-water and rainfall. These are generally difficult at the beginning of the season, but better to ford later. The largest river, Ole’s Lakseelv, has a footbridge if needed.

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