When to go
Winter – The route is only available for snowmobiling or skiing. Short days, very cold, but the northern lights are visible.
Hiking Season – The midnight sun means long walking days, but temperatures can fluctuate and flies and mosquitoes can be a problem during the daytime.
Shoulder Month – A good time to avoid the majority of hikers and the biting insects. But it can be cold at night.
In summer (hiking season) the weather can change quickly, so bring both sunscreen and insect repellent.
Polar bears are not usually seen as far to the south, but be very careful when crossing rivers. Loosen the hip belt on your backpack and remove one shoulder in case you need to drop it quickly. Use walking rods to cross; Wearing a pair of Crocs or water shoes can help.
To fly to Greenland you must either via Denmark or Iceland. Be warned that flights in and out of Sisimiut can be canceled and delayed if the weather is bad. Flights to and from Kangerlussuaq are more reliable.
There are no roads from Sisimiut or Kangerlussuaq, so there is no point in renting a car. Supermarkets and museums within walking reach.
For the ice cap in Kangerlussuaq, it is recommended to take an arranged tour as it is on a gravel road and special vehicles are required.
The Arctic Circle Trail takes eight to ten days to hike. It is beautiful, but wild and remote. There are red semicircle markers on guards to help guide you, but you need to bring along cards as confusion is possible in some places, especially in bad weather.
Be sure to tell a manager when you expect to arrive in Sisimiut or Kangerlussuaq so they can alert you if you don’t show up – you may want to consider renting a satellite phone as an additional security or emergency locator. It is also recommended that you write in the guestbooks in the cabins so that there is a dated record of your whereabouts.
Be prepared that if the weather changes, it may be a good idea to wait for better weather in one of the cabins, so always bring more food than you need and include a few extra rest days in your plan.
In Kangerlussuaq, Hotel Kangerlussuaq, located on the first floor of the terminal, is an easy choice. There are also Polar Logde, Old Camp and Hostel. Camping is also a cheap option.
All cabins (not privately owned) on the route are free to use, but you must be self-sufficient and take a tent if there is no space. Some have toilets; others do not, so you will have to dig a hole and follow the “Leave No Trace” rules.
In Sisimiut near the harbor there is the Sømanshjemmet (Sailor’s Home), which also has an on-site cafeteria for dinner and breakfast. In addition to it, you have Hotel Sisimiut and Hostel.
Limited – and expensive – supplies can be purchased in Kangerlussuaq, so bring your own camping meals and snacks. For camping stove fuel, don’t assume you can find what you want. All food has flown in, so expect frozen meals reheated, hot dogs and some fish.