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01 Feb 2019 - 15:44:44

The Incredible Arctic Circle Trail

The very thought of trekking a long waymarked trail in Greenland must envision images of endless ice-fields, marauding polar bears, desperate struggles for survival and enormous expense. The truth is, the Arctic Circle Trail provides a reasonably easy trek, provided it is approached with careful thought and planning. Neglect the huge ice-cap and polar bears, which are there if you'd like them, along with feature on the trail. Instead, pay attention to one of several largest ice-free parts of Greenland, involving the international airport at Kangerlussuaq and also the western seaboard at Sisimiut.

The Arctic Circle Trail is genuinely north from the Arctic Circle for its entire length, meaning that in midsummer there's no nightfall, but for the brief summer season ordinary trekkers can enjoy the wild and desolate tundra by simply following stone-built cairns. Bearing in mind that there are absolutely nowhere you can obtain provisions on the route, for upwards of 100 miles (160km), hard part will be ruthless when packing food and all sorts of kit you need to stay alive. Water is clean, fresh, plentiful and freely available. Should you bring your food to Greenland and limit your spending, the way may be completed with limited funds. Detailed maps and guidebooks are available.

Some trekkers burden themselves with huge and high packs, which require great effort to hold, which in turn means carrying a great deal of food to stoke up with extra calories. Think light and pack light. There are many basic wooden huts at intervals en route, offering four walls, a roof, and bunks for between four and 24 trekkers. They are not staffed, is not pre-booked, and provide no facilities aside from shelter. In the event you possess a tent, you are able to pitch it anywhere you want, subject and then the type of the terrain as well as the prevailing weather.

In general, the next thunderstorm originates from two directions - east and west. An easterly breeze, coming off of the ice-cap, is cool and incredibly dry. A westerly breeze, coming off of the sea, will bring cloud as well as a way of rain. It's not going to snow in the short summer months, mid-June to mid-September, but for the rest of the time, varying numbers of ice and snow will take care of the path, plus the centre of winter it will likely be dark constantly and temperatures will plummet far, far below freezing for months at a stretch.

The air-port at Kangerlussuaq enjoys around 300 clear-sky days a year, so the weather must be good, and also the trail starts following a simple tarmac and dirt road. Beyond the research station at Kellyville, the way is just a narrow path across empty tundra dotted with lakes. If you're going simply to walk from hut to hut, then the route will need maybe nine days, unless stages are doubled-up. Employing a tent offers greater flexibility, and some trekkers complete the road in as little as every week. Huts are located at Hundeso, Katiffik, The Canoe Centre, Ikkattook, Eqalugaarniarfik, Innajuattok, Nerumaq and Kangerluarsuk Tulleq. Youth hostels and hotels are situated in the terminal points of Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut.

There is the substitute for make use of a free kayak to paddle for hours on end along the large lake of Amitsorsuaq, instead of walk along its shore. There are only a small number of kayaks, if they are all moored in the 'wrong' end from the lake, then walking could be the only option. The path is often low-lying, below 500ft (150m), but climbs on occasions over 1300ft (400m), notably around Ikkattook, Iluliumanersuup Portornga and Qerrortusuk Majoriaa. You can find a number of river crossings whose difficulty depends on melt-water and rainfall. They're difficult early in the summer season, but quicker to ford later. The greatest river, Ole's Lakseelv, features a footbridge if neccessary.

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