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Arctic Circle Trail

A fantastic 9 day trek following Greenland’s Arctic Circle Trail from Kangerlussuak to Sisimiut.  Whilst this is a guided trip, participant will need to be self-sufficient and able to carry everything required for a 9 day self-supported wilderness trek.  Daily distances are no greater than 13.5 miles (average day is 12 miles).

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A fantastic 9 day trek following Greenland’s Arctic Circle Trail from Kangerlussuak to Sisimiut.  Whilst this is a guided trip, participant will need to be self-sufficient and able to carry everything required for a 9 day self-supported wilderness trek.  Daily distances are no greater than 13.5 miles (average day is 12 miles).

Monkey Mountaineering’s Arctic Circle Trail trek requires 11 days in total.  The trip starts and finishes in Copenhagen.

Day 1:  Meet in Copenhagen – Location TBC (Hotel).  Evening at leisure in Copenhagen.

Day 2:  Fly to Kangerlussuaq - Day 1 Walk - We will travel to the airport in time for our flight to Kangerlussaq.  After clearing the airport we will walk the first leg of the Arctic Circle Trail.  This is a fairly easy day mainly on roads.  12.5 miles. Overnight camp at Hundesø.

DAY 3:  Walk from Hundesø to Katiffik.  This second day of walking is more undulating that the first as we are now properly on the Arctic Circle Trail.  There are two distinct climbs today although the total amount of ascent is only 370m.  12.5 miles.  Overnight camp at Katiffik.

 

DAY 4:  Katiffik to Canoe Centre, Amitsorsuaq.  Another 12.5 mile day mainly following the lake shore line.  Overnight camp at Canoe Centre.

DAY 5:  Canoe Centre, Amitsorsuaq to Ikkattooq.  On our 4th day of walking we climb into the mountains to overnight camp at Ikkattooq.  13.5 miles.

DAY 6:  Ikkattooq to Eqalugaarnirfik.  A short day today (only 6.5 miles) as we descend out of the mountains for an overnight camp at Eqalugaarnirfik.

DAY 7:  Eqalugaarnirfik to Innajuattoq.  This 6th day of walking brings lakes and mountains and spectacular views.  12 miles.

DAY 8:  Innajuattoq to Nerumaq.  Ten miles, mainly downhill travelling through a beautiful valley flanked by mountains.  Overnight camp at Nerumaq.

 

DAY 9:  Nerumaq to Kangerluarsuk Tulleq.  Penultimate day of walking through a low level valley.  Overnight at Kangerluarsuk Tulleq.  10.5 miles.


DAY 10:  Kangerluarsuk Tulleq to Sisimiut Harbour.  The final, 9th day of trekking takes us through some spectacular scenery and after an initial climb we start our descent to Sisimiut.  Overnight in hostel, celebratory meal out!.

 

DAY 11:  Fly back to Copenhagen.

Included in the price of this trip:

 

  • Hotel accommodation in Copenhagen at the start of the trip (shared rooms, breakfast included).
  • Transport from hotel to Copenhagen airport.
  • Flights to and from Greenland (Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq – Sisimuit to Copenhagen).
  • Hostel accommodation in Sisimuit at the end of the trek in shared rooms on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
  • Fully guided professionally organised trek with tents provided (2 people sharing – clients may bring their own tents).
  • All food whilst trekking (Clients can chose to bring their own food and reduce the trip cost by £250 – please discus if you would like to take this option).
  • Celebration dinner on completion of the trek in Sisimuit.
  • Access to a satellite phone whilst trekking (calls will be charged at £3 per minute to landline and mobile numbers - £12 per minute to other satellite phones).

 

The following are not Included:

 

  • Travel/International Flights from/to Copenhagen.
  • Personal clothing and equipment (see our clothing and equipment section for guidance about what to bring).
  • Additional accommodation in Copenhagen at the end of the trip.
  • Personal travel insurance (to cover you for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects etc.  You must ensure you have specific cover for trekking in Greenland for this trip).
  • Meals and drinks etc. whilst in Copenhagen (hotel accommodation is B&B).

Additional expenses incurred should there be a need to curtail your trek early and transfer you back to a medical facility or hotel (it is essential that you have personal travel insurance that includes cover for trekking in Greenland).

Summer in the Arctic can be reasonably warm and often days can feel like a good spring or autumn day in the UK.  However, as with most parts of the world there can be periods of rain even snow although it tends to be short lived during the summer months.  As with precipitation, it may from time to time be windy.  Winds blowing from the west tend to bring with them cloud and rain whereas those blowing from the east tent to be dry and cold.  It is often possible to walk the Arctic Circle Trail in shorts and tee-shirt but it is prudent to be prepared for all eventualities.

 

With this in mind it is important that we set out wearing the right clothing and carrying the right equipment.  Listed below are all the items of clothing and equipment that you will need to successfully and safely complete the Arctic Circle Trail.  We have annotated some items as essential so please make sure you read this section and if you are unsure about anything, please give us a call or email us at info@monkeymountaineering.com

 

Essential Clothing (to be worn/carried)

 

  • Walking boots. A good pair of light-weight GoreTex lined walking boots which provide ankle support and are well broken-in.  Boots are essential - Please do not bring trail shoes.
  • Sports Sandals/Flip Flops/Crocks.  Or something similar for wearing in the evening and for river crossings.
  • Hiking socks. We recommend a good pair of proper hiking/trekking socks.  Ideally you should have a pair for each day but bear in mind you need to carry everything – a minimum of three pairs.
  • Shorts.  These are optional but the weather is often good enough for shorts.
  • Lightweight walking trousers. To wear on a daily basis if not wearing shorts and for evening wear.  Jeans or tracksuit bottoms are not suitable.
  • Long-sleeved thermal top.  Take at least 1 of these.  Can be worn during the day if temperatures dictate but most useful for wearing whilst sleeping.
  • Tee-shirt. For wearing on a daily basis whilst trekking.  Should be a technical fabric – avoid cotton as it is slow to dry.  You will need 2 or 3 of these.
  • Fleece or Soft Shell Layer.  This can be a fleece jumper or fleece jacket or a soft shell jacket.
  • Insulated Jacket.  Can be down or synthetic.  Mainly for wearing in the evenings.
  • Waterproof Jacket.  Ideally this will be made from a waterproof, breathable material such as GoreTex and it will have a hood.
  • Waterproof trousers.  Ideally waterproof and breathable.
  • Sun Hat.
  • Wooly hat.
  • Buff.
  • Gloves.
  • Underwear.  Ideally these will be quick drying and moisture wicking.  Take 3 pairs as a minimum.
  • Sports Bra.  Ladies only, take 2.

 

Essential Equipment

 

  • Rucksack.  50l+ needs to be large enough to carry all your clothing, equipment and food.
  • Dry Bags.  A selection of rucksack liners and dry bags as required to keep your clothing, sleeping bag and equipment dry and organised.
  • Sleeping Bag.  This should be a minimum of three seasons and able to keep you warm down to at least zero degrees.
  • Sleeping Matt.  Lightweight and with a small pack size.  If you intend to use an inflatable matt then make sure you bring a repair kit.
  • Gas Stove and Pan Set.  Can be provided by Monkey Mountaineering – please ask.  Do not travel with gas canisters – these will be purchased and provided on arrival in Greenland.
  • Tent.  Light weight two man tents will be provided.  If you would prefer to use your own tent, please let us know.
  • Head torch.  You may need this for reading in your tent (bring spare batteries).
  • Personal First Aid Kit.  This should include suncream, lip balm, blister plasters (compeed), plasters, painkillers and any prescription medicines, insect repellant etc.
  • Water Bottle and/or Bladder.  Water is plentiful on the trail.  A 1lt Nalgene type bottle should be sufficient or, if you prefer, a bladder type water carrier such as a camelbak which will allow you to drink whilst walking with no need to stop to get out a water bottle.
  • Water Purification System.  Running water found along the trail ‘should’ be drinkable but it makes sense to have some sort of purification system such as ‘water purification tablets’, filtration system or UV light purification system (recommended).
  • Toiletries and Travel Towel.  Include wet wipes, hand sanitizer and toilet tissues.
  • Trowel.  For using when nature calls/burying human waste.

 

 

Optional Equipment

 

  • Walking poles.  Not essential but extremely useful, especially for river crossings..
  • Camera.  Make sure you have spare batteries or the means to re-charge whilst on the trek.
  • Mobile Phone.  There is no signal on the Arctic Circle Trail but you may want tpo use your phone as a camera.  Your Guide will be carrying a satellite phone in case of emergencies and you wil be able to make calls on this for a small charge (see section above on what is and is not included in the cost of the trip).
  • Sunglasses.
  • Long Sleeved Shirt.

 

Other Clothing & Equipment

 

  • Travel clothing.  Clothing that you will not wear whilst on the trek.  This can be packed in a small bag and left at the hotel in Copenhagen for collection on your return.  Please note, accommodation on return to Copenhagen is not included.

 

Paperwork

 

  • Booking confirmation.
  • Passport.
  • Immunization Papers (if required, see https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/92/greenland#Vaccine_recommendations for more information).
  • Insurance Documents.