The Arctic Circle Trail


Leave stress and man-made confinement behind in the material world. Walk into the realm where the earth, skies and your own heartbeat set the pace. Immerse yourself in a remote universe. Renew your love affair with the sound of silence.

The Arctic Circle Trail, a land of one hundred lakes, is one such place. Let the wilderness seeker and nature lover inside you find happiness in this stretch of fresh air and wide landscape that exudes Greenlandic beauty.

“When I travel, I look for places that will allow me to escape the chaos of normal life, and I certainly found that on the Arctic Circle Trail!” – Wilderness Seeker


The Arctic Circle Trail is a breathtaking expanse of Greenland backcountry. The low Arctic vegetation climbs up the sides of mountains as the terrain grows steeper near the coast. Clean water trickles from the rocks begging you to quench your thirst. A faintly trodden trail quietly leads you along your way.

Small, simple huts are inconspicuously placed every once in a while giving the only evidence that anyone has crossed these hills before. Despite the huts most still opt for sleeping in a tent, or even under the open sky, to maintain the feeling of being connected with nature.

The Arctic Circle Trail is a special place. No cars. No buildings. No stresses. And nearly no people. This is because Greenland is a land for pioneers, travelers who explore places that few others dream of.

This trail is for physically healthy people. It is a natural terrain trail and typically takes 9-11 days to complete. Most people walk from Kangerlussuaq to Sisimiut, although there are some who walk the other way or even walk both ways. The trail gains elevation from east to west.


All good hikes, especially one as long as the Arctic Circle Trail, beg for a bit of spontaneity, so create your own adventure whenever you please. Take the abandoned canoe you stumbled upon for a spin. Bring your lightweight fishing gear and aim for fresh trout for dinner. Play nature photographer when reindeer, small Arctic fox, and hare skitter past.


When Northern Lights begin to illuminate the dark winter sky and mountains once again adorn embrace the snow, the Arctic Circle Trail begins its transformation into a winter adventure thoroughfare.

Dog sledding mini-expeditions from Sisimiut and Kangerlussuaq guide you across the same landscape in just a few nights’ time.

The huts, which are often passed up in exchange for sleeping in tents in summer, are a welcome sight on the winter horizon when it is 20 below.

Otherwise, keep your blood pumping with more active options like cross-country skiing or even snowmobiling.

The silence of the Arctic Circle Trail is calling out to you… Are you coming?

  • The ACT is 160 km long and stretches between Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut.
  • Please follow the unspoken ACT code of conduct – Leave No Trace! Take all waste with you for the duration of your journey.
  • There are 8 simple huts at various points along the trail that typically sleep 4-6 persons. Some have restroom facilities.
  • The ACT and its huts are free to use by all hikers and Greenlanders.
  • June – August: Summer season. Warm temperatures, high sun, mosquitos and wet ground.
  • August and September: Autumn season. Cool temperatures and overnight snow in the mountains.
  • December – February: Winter season. Cold temperatures, snow and very short days.
  • March – April: Spring season. Cold temperatures, snow and lengthening daylight.