West Greenland: Arctic Circle Wilderness- 9 days

Who is this trip for       Itinerary        Location        What’s included / Not included

Summary

This is a true wilderness hiking trip, where we will only sleep in tents. We will carry everything we need for the whole trip in our backpacks.

We will be hiking almost the entire time within the new Unesco World Heritage landscape of Aasivissuit-Nipisat.

This trek will go though very untouched nature, and we are likely to encounter animals such as Reindeer, Musk-Oxes, Polar Foxes and numerous bird species.

Along the way we pass numerous lakes and small rivers, so bring your fishings rod if you feel like. And we may just catch a nice snack in the evening. However this is not primarily a fishing trip, this is primarly a hiking trip, where there is possibilities for fishing in the evenings.

From Kangerlussuaq airport we will take a taxi eastwards to the ice sheet. From there we will start our hike northwards with spectacular views of the Greenland ice cap.

After hiking northwards for a day, we will turn to the west and hike for 4 days through the untouched wilderness and end up at the Unesco World Heritage site of Aassivisuit. Here we will have a rest day, with possibilities of fishing, hiking excursions to see the unique cultural heritage, or just relaxing and enjoying life!

Together with a experienced Arctic Nature Guide, you will on this trek have a unique chance to experience the untouched nature of Greenland, but also ancient Unesco cultural heritage of the Inuits.

From Aassivisuit we will use the last 2 days for returning to Kangerlussuaq Airport!

In the evening of return we will hopefully finish with a party.

Who is this trip for

This trip is for those who wants a wild trek through the beautiful, but sometimes also very harsh nature of Greenland.

This trip is a relatively demanding trip because of it’s lenght -9 days, and because it is based on sleeping in tents, and carrying everything in our backpacks.

So a little trekking experience from before is advisable.

However, this is not a trip where you have to be an “expert extreme hiker” to join in !

The daily hiking distance is 10-13 kilometres, and we will have 1-2 rest/fishing days during the trek, so you will need to be comfortable carrying a backpack weighing 15-20 kilos for that distance over uneven and rocky terrain, for multiple days.

So this trek is not an comfortable lazy trek, neither is it an extreme outing where walking too long distances per day is the main goal.

This trek is something just in between of those two extremes. Having time for enjoying and taking in the great nature of Greenland, is highly valued.

If in doubt of whether this trek suits you, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Itinerary

Day 1

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The guide will meet you at the Kangerlussuaq airport and gather the group. We will then together be eating lunch in the excellent airport cafetaria (not included). We will then spend some hours packing our backpacks and distribute all the common equipment and food. The guide makes sure that everybody has what they need. After everything is properly checked and sorted, we will grab a taxi and drive close to the Greenland ice cap. Here we will put up out tents in spectacular settings. The rest of the day and evening will be spent getting to know each other, making dinner and talk about good trekking/wildcamping routines. Little or none hiking is to be expected this day.

Day 2

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A spectacular day awaits us! After breakfast we will start hiking northwards through hilly terrain. Passing around and over the hills, we will have incredible views of the Greenland icecap. This is the day to do some photo sessions. The evening will be spent going through more good camp routines, and for those who wishes, navigation lessons and emergency procedures. Others can try their luck with their fishing rod.

Day 3

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On this day we will start leaving the ice cap, and turn our course westwards. We will walk through pristine rocky/hilly terrain with green, yellow and brown colours. After the camp has been put up, the eager ones can try their luck with catching a fishy snack!

Day 4

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On this day we will be hiking in long valleys and pass by many small lakes and rivers. We are really getting into the wilderness at this point, and hopefully everyone will find the contrast of greenlandic silence enjoyable, compared to all the hectic sounds of everyday life.

Day 5

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We will continue making our way westwards towards Aassivisuit. On this day will hiking along a long lake, and musk-oxes are likely to be encountered. For those should wish it, these days represents a great opportunity for learning more about wilderness navigation and group management. Should anybody be interested to try out how it is to navigate through the wilds of Greenland, there are chances for temporarily leading the group (under the guide’s surveillance).

Day 6

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On this day we will start our descend down through a long valley towards Aassivisuit. The landscape starts to slightly change, and become more vegetated. Grouses and the arctic snow-rabbit are likely to be encountered here. In the afternoon we will arrive at the UNESCO world heritage site of Aassivisuit!

Day 7

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Rest day at the beautiful site of Aassivisuit! We will leave the camp where it stand, and spend a little extra long time enjoying our morning coffee. We will do a smaller day excursion together to have a look at the ancient ruins and other cultural heritage. Afterwards the small river and lake offer great fishing opportunities, and for those who just have too much energy, the area offers some nice possibilities for smaller hiking excursions. Otherwise it is recommended to just sit a little in camp and take in the immense beauty of the area, and the sound of silence.

Day 8

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Time for leaving Aassivisuit, and start heading more southwards back towards Kangerlussuaq Airport. We will start by following the lake of Aassivisuit, and afterwards work our way through the hilly terrain.

Day 9

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Last day on our trek! But is important to keep focus and stay concentrated! This day will take us through some rather hilly terrain, and some “up’s and down’s” must be expected. After some effort, and possibly slightly soring thies and legs, the airport town of Kangerlussuaq will become visible once again! We will head to the Kangerlussuaq hostel where you will be accomodated for one night. Surely that shower will feel good! After showering and unpacking, we will meet for a dinner in the local restraurant, and afterwards party in local bar for those who wishes. Thanks for the adventure!

Location

Kangerlussuaq Airport (Sønder Strømfjord) is the main gateway to Greenland. And lies in the inland of Greenland.

Airgreenland has direct flights from Copenhagen.

https://www.airgreenland.com

The airport used to be an old american military base, but after the cold war ended the Greenland govornment overtook the rule of the airport, and today it acts as a transfer airport for all travellers continuing to other cities in Greenland. That has turned the old military base into a small greenlandic city with a population of around 530, where most of these inhabitants are occupied with the airport.

However, there is almost endless untouched nature surrounding Kangerlussuaq Airport.

Thus making it a perfect destination for wildlife adventures!

Included / not included

What’s included

  • Services of a qualified Arctic Nature Guide
  • 1 night lodge accomodation in Kangerlussuaq (end of the trip)
  • Taxi transfer from Kangerlussuaq Airport to start of the trek
  • All meal from dinner on day 1, to lunch day 9
  • Expedition equipment, tents, stoves and gas, cooking utensils
  • All safety equipement including: emergency satellite beacon and satellite phone

What’s not included/ What to bring

  • Flights to/from Kangerlussuaq Airport
  • Personal clothing
  • Hiking boots
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mattres
  • Backpack
  • Meals in Cafetaria or restaurant in Kangerlussuaq Airport
  • Hygenics
  • Mosquito net
  • Water bottles/camel backs
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Any extra expenses due to unforeseen events and changes (delayed flights, extra logistics and accomodation)
  • Beverages and alcohol for the party on the last day
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