GREENLAND Arctic Circle Trail Crossing

Trip Type: Trekking and Wild Camping
Duration: 13 Days
Length: 230 km
Country/Region: Greenland, Qeqqata
Price: 4’900,00 CHF p.P.
Participants: 4-6
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Greenland, a country just perfect for exploring and hiking! Experience Arctic landscapes ranging from fjords and tundra to the eternal inland Ice Cap on the Arctic Circle Trail. Greenland will fascinate you with its wilderness, ruggedness and diversity!

Requirements:

Auch Wildsalat schmeckt nach 25km wandern

Trekking

Schwierigkeit 4 5 1

Up to 21 km /day or 8 hrs./day

Wild camping

Schwierigkeit 4 5 1

Experience beneficial

Adaptability

Schwierigkeit 4 5 1

Necessary. This calls for adventurers!

Fitness

Schwierigkeit 4 5 1

Fit enough to carry a 20 kg backpack

Greenland Arctic Circle Trail – Trekking in the Polar Circle

The Arctic Circle Trail as the longest hike above the Arctic Circle and a serious must-do for any trekker.

Join us on this incredible long distance hike in the heart of Greenland, amidst endless tundra, fjords and arctic scenery.

Experience the biodiversity of the Greenlandic backcountry and meet deer, snow hares, arctic foxes and musk oxen on your hike.

Hike the longest ice-free section of Greenland completely self-sufficient: We will carry all food and can only rely on ourselves as a team for the success of the trip. Test your adventuring skills: This trip is not a walk in the park and will test your endurance and adaptability, it is a real trekking expedition!

Reach Point 660 and Russell Glacier as a grand finale, where land merges into perpetual ice. Camp on the edge of the glacier break, with incredible views and the one or other breaking off Iceberg.

Hiking in the area of the musk oxen

The Arctic Circle Trail crosses the largest ice-free patch of West Greenland, on a length of about 230 km. We hike along the fjords and meet here and there a moose, an arctic fox or ptarmigan. We can eat arctic berries for breakfast or cook angelica leaves, a plant that has been picked by the local people for a long time and is used in different dishes.

Your benefits with Exped Tribe:

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Professional and multilingual tour leader

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Support member

who documents the trip with professional recordings and looks after your well-being. You will receive drone videos, photos and much more as a souvenir of your adventure.

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Small groups

of max. 6 participants. Increased flexibility, familiar atmosphere and harmonious get-together. We do our best to ensure that all participants have an incredible adventure! We conduct expectation phone calls and pool participants who have similar expectations and abilities. We are happy to accept special requests!

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Vegetarian friendly

We offer Alpine gourmet cuisine, completely without meat/fish!

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Co2 compensation

Planting of several trees per participant. You will receive a certificate of the planted trees and can follow their growth

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Rental materials

Cost-effective rental materials from our partner companies such as expedition tents, backpacks and many more are available

Biwakieren am Ice Cap

Planned itinerary of the Arctic Circle Trail in Greenland

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Tag 1

Greenland, here we come!

Arrival from Zurich or Milan by plane. We are happy to organize an alternative mean of transportation, if desired. Upon arrival in Sisimiut we will arrange the last groceries, explore the harbor and experience how the locals live everyday life on the Arctic Circle.

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Day 2

Section 1: Sisimiut – Kangerluarsuk Tulleq (22.5 km)

The early bird catches the worm! We hike inland on our first leg, which stretches from the port town of Sisimiut to the fjord Kangerlussuaq Tulleq. The route follows a moderate ascent and ends at a scenic location where we will pitch our tents.

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Day 3

Stage 2: Kangerluarsuk Tulleq – Nerumaq (17 km)

We hike close to the shore of the fjords and have to cross one or the other river to get to the Nerumaq hut. The route is extremely scenic and idyllic.

The only downside? In this region rage in fair weather huge numbers of mosquitoes, a head net is absolutely necessary!

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Day 4

Stage 3: Nerumaq – Innajuattoq (17.5 km)

This section leads through boggy sections, which partly let you sink knee-deep. If we still have dry feet in the evening, we have survived this stage unscathed!

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Day 5

Stage 4: Innajuattow – Eqaluggaarniarfik (20.7 km)

On this section we have a serious river crossing to complete, which we will do best in the morning to avoid a too strong current flow. 

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Day 6

Stage 5: Eqalugaarniarfik – Ikkatooq (12,6 km)

This section takes us through a canoe center. We can decide, depending on the wind direction, if we want to paddle back a part of the stage or if we should rather hike it. Attention: The canoes are not always on the right side of the bank and are quite old and in poor condition!

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Day 7

Stage 6: Ikkatooq-Amitsorsuaq (19.2km)

We continue hiking and reach a beautiful lake. Here and there we spot deer and arctic foxes, or can pick some arctic berries for our breakfast.

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Day 8

Stage 7: Amitsorsuaq-Qarlissuit (19 km)

 

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Day 9

Stage 8: Qarlissuit – Kellyville  (17 km)

A stage that leads us to the first settlement of the trip. On the way we meet an abandoned hunter’s hut and a saltwater lake.

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Day 10

Stage 11: Kellyville – Kangerlussuaq  (19 km)

This stage is along a dirt road that leads to Kangerlussuaq.

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Day 11

Stage 10: Kangerlussuaq – Russell Glacier/Pt.660 (35 km)

We hike past our destination towards the Ice Cap, because the view at Point 660 is unique and shouldn’t be missed! From here on land turns into eternal ice, up to 2’900 km long and up to 1,5 km deep. If we don’t have the necessary time for the long walk, or the energies from the ACT are already used up, we will board a local bus to reach the place. Camping tonight will be in front of the glacier break.

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Day 12

Stage 11: Russell Glacier/Pt.660 (35 km) – Kangerlussuaq

After a restful night with glacier view we hike back to Kangerlussuaq. Once we are back at the village, we pack our things, eat some more local food and check in at the airport.

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Day 13

Au revoir, Greenland! Puffer day

 One day we set aside as a buffer. To rest, to do another activity on site or in case of bad weather on the trail.  Unfortunately our trip ends after today, but we are already looking forward to another adventure together with you!

Important info about your trip

Clothing
  • Hard Shell jacket
  • Down jacket
  • Functional underwear
  • Long and short hiking pants, quick drying
  • Long and short shirts, quick drying
  • Soft shell or fleece jacket
  • Hat, gloves
  • Mosquito net
  • Sandals for the river crossing trip
Miscellaneous
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun and lip cream
  • Drinking bottle and thermos flask
  • Ev. camera and powerbank
  • Backpack (80-110l)
Technical equipment
  • Telescopic poles
  • Mountain boots or high hiking boots
  • Gaiters
For the overnights
  • Warm sleeping bag (comfort temperature 0°/-5°)

  • Sleeping mat (insulated preferably)

  • ISO mat

  • Cutlery (fork/knife/spoon/cup/bowl)

  • Headlamp

  • Toiletries (reduced to minimum)

  • Other camping equipment, if available

Inclusive
  • Exped Tribe tour leader

  • Full board

  • Overnight in campsites, guest houses or cabins and wild camping along the trail 

  • All transfers in Greenland

  • Beacon/Gps device for security reasons

  • Professional photo reportage and videos

  • An activity to support the local community

  • Group supplies (expedition tents, stoves, etc.)

  •  Co2 compensation with the planting of 10 trees/participant

Not included
  • Travel to and from the destination country
  • Private insurance with coverage of return transportation costs
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips for local activities
  • Everything not listed under “services”
Catering
  • Snacks (not included, serves to replenish energy levels): This is eaten between breakfast and dinner and taken along for appropriate days. Dried fruit, chocolate, cheese, wholemeal bread and energy bars are good. Remember that your backpack should not be too heavy.
  • Full board (included): Out of commitment to animal welfare, we do not offer fish/meat on our tours. Nevertheless, you can of course order what you like best at the local restaurants, be it vegetarian or of animal origin. You are also welcome to bring and eat your food of animal origin at any time.
Rental materials
  • Telescopic poles, CHF 35.00
  • Expedition backpack (90-110l), CHF 60.00
  • Sleeping bag, CHF 60.00
Add-ons

This adventure can be extended to include optional activities:

  • Boat tour with locals in Sisimiut;
  • Inuit Kayak Tour in Sisimiut;
  • Day hike from Kangerlussuaq to the Aasivissuit Monument;
  • Tundra Safari in Kangerlussuaq;
  • Onward journey to Disko Island and Illulisat (on request, approx. 10 days longer trip)

ARCTIC CIRCLE TRAIL GREENLAND

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