Arctic Circle Wilderness Hike | Kangerlussuaq | West Greenland

Arctic Circle Wilderness Hike | Kangerlussuaq | West Greenland
Arctic Circle Wilderness Hike | Kangerlussuaq | West Greenland
Arctic Circle Wilderness Hike | Kangerlussuaq | West Greenland
Arctic Circle Wilderness Hike | Kangerlussuaq | West Greenland
Arctic Circle Wilderness Hike | Kangerlussuaq | West Greenland
Arctic Circle Wilderness Hike | Kangerlussuaq | West Greenland
Arctic Circle Wilderness Hike | Kangerlussuaq | West Greenland

This is a true wilderness hiking trip! We will only be sleeping in tents, and carry everything we need for the whole trip in our backpacks. 

We aim to hike around 10-13 kilometres pr. day. During the trip we will have 1-2 rest days depending on our progress and the well being of the group.

This hike will go though very untouched nature, and we are likely to encounter animals such as Reindeer and Musk-Oxes.

Along the way we pass numerous lakes and small rivers, so bring your fishing rod if you feel like. We may then 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 evening and on the rest days.

From Kangerlussuaq airport we will grab 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, small hiking excursions to see the cultural heritage at this site, or just relaxing and enjoying life!

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

In the evening of return we will be eating a better dinner, and 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.

Therefore this trek is not an ideal “first time ever” trekking tour, and some experience from before is advisable.

However, this is not a trip where you have to be an “expert 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 through uneven and rocky terrain, for multiple days.

So to summarize, this 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.




Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Aug. - Sep.
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Activities: Hiking, Glacier Views, Camping, Wildlife Observation
  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Minimum age: 20 years.
  • Languages: English, Danish, Norwegian
  • Highlights: Kangerlussuaq, UNESCO World Heritage | Greenland, Ice Sheet
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 10:00, 11:30.

Meeting and departing from Kangerlussuaq Airport
You meet us at the departure location.
  • 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 meals from dinner on day 1 to lunch day 9

  • Expedition equipment, tents, stoves and gas, cooking utensils

  • All safety equipment including: emergency sattelite beacon and satellite phone

  • Beverages and alcohol for the party on the last day

  • Any extra expenses due to unforeseen events and changes (delayed flights, extra logistics and accomodation)

  • Personal travel insurance

  • Meals in Cafetaria or restaurant in Kangerlussuaq Airport

  • Flights to/from Kangerlussuaq Airport

What to bring:
  • Personal clothing

  • Hiking boots

  • Sleeping bag

  • Sleeping pad

  • Backpack (minimum 95 litres)

  • Hygienic items

  • Mosquito net

  • Water bottles/camel backs

Good to know:

Kangerlussuaq has the best weather in Greenland, averaging at 300 days of clear days, however, this is not a guarantee. For this trip there will send an extra detailed list of what to bring, when you are booking the tour! The trip is so serious, that it is very important to bring along the right kind of sleeping bag/mattres, and the right clothing. It can become surprinsingly cold in Kangerlussuaq in summer! Freezing temperatures at night time is surely a possibility!

The itinerary is subject to change according to the weather.

Maximum 8 participants.

Daily itinerary

Day 1

Arctic Circle Wilderness Hike | Kangerlussuaq | West Greenland

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 25-30 kilometres to the Greenland ice cap. Here we will put up our tent camp in spectacular settings. The rest of the afternoon/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

Arctic Circle Wilderness Hike | Kangerlussuaq | West Greenland

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.

Day 3

Arctic Circle Wilderness Hike | Kangerlussuaq | West Greenland

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.

Day 4

Arctic Circle Wilderness Hike | Kangerlussuaq | West Greenland

We will hike 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. After the camp has been put up, the eager ones can try their luck with catching a fishy snack!

Day 5

Arctic Circle Wilderness Hike | Kangerlussuaq | West Greenland

We will continue making our way westwards towards Aassivisuit. On this day we will be hiking along a long lake, and musk-oxes can 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

Arctic Circle Wilderness Hike | Kangerlussuaq | West Greenland

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

Arctic Circle Wilderness Hike | Kangerlussuaq | West Greenland

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

Arctic Circle Wilderness Hike | Kangerlussuaq | West Greenland

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

Arctic Circle Wilderness Hike | Kangerlussuaq | West Greenland

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 pub for those wishes. Thanks for the adventure!

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