• Garrison Dodson posted an update 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    The idea of trekking the longest waymarked trail in Greenland must conjure up pictures of endless ice-fields, marauding polar bears, desperate struggles for survival and enormous expense. In reality, the Arctic Circle Trail supplies a pretty easy trek, provided it can be approached with careful thought and planning. Forget about the huge ice-cap and polar bears, that happen to be there if you want them, but don’t feature for the trail. Instead, pay attention to one of many largest ice-free elements of Greenland, relating to the airport terminal at Kangerlussuaq and the western seaboard at Sisimiut.

    The Arctic Circle Trail is genuinely north from the Arctic Circle for the entire length, so that in midsummer there is no nightfall, as well as the brief summer season ordinary trekkers can enjoy the wild and desolate tundra simply by following stone-built cairns. Taking into account that there’s absolutely nowhere you can aquire provisions on the route, for upwards of 100 miles (160km), hard part shall be ruthless when packing food as well as the kit you need to stay alive. Water is clean, fresh, plentiful and freely available. In case you bring your entire food to Greenland and limit your spending, the way may be completed on a budget. Detailed maps and guidebooks can be obtained.

    Some trekkers burden themselves with huge as well as packs, which require great effort to handle, which 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 along the route, offering four walls, a roof, and bunks for between four and 24 trekkers. They are not staffed, can’t be pre-booked, and offer no facilities apart from shelter. If you possess a tent, you’ll be able to pitch it anywhere you want, subject only to the in the terrain as well as the prevailing weather.

    Normally, weather originates from two directions – east and west. An easterly breeze, coming over ice-cap, is cool and intensely dry. A westerly breeze, coming over sea, provides cloud and a way of rain. It won’t snow inside the short summer season, mid-June to mid-September, as well as the remaining portion of the time, varying amounts of ice and snow covers the path, as well as in the center of winter it’ll be dark constantly and temperatures will plummet far, far below freezing for months at a time.

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

    There is the substitute for use a free kayak to paddle for hours on end over the large lake of Amitsorsuaq, as opposed to walk along its shore. There are just a handful of kayaks, and when all are moored in the ‘wrong’ end from the lake, then walking is the only option. The trail is usually low-lying, below 500ft (150m), but climbs sometimes over 1300ft (400m), notably around Ikkattook, Iluliumanersuup Portornga and Qerrortusuk Majoriaa. You can find a handful of river crossings whose difficulty depends upon melt-water and rainfall. They’re difficult at the outset of the growing season, but much easier to ford later. The biggest river, Ole’s Lakseelv, features a footbridge if need be.

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