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Greenland—is the first idea that pops into your mind limitless ice and snow? On this guided Arctic Circle Trail tour, we’ll get to explore a totally different Greenland. Get ready for 13 days of trekking across the longest ice-free stretch above the Arctic Circle, where we’ll get to meet Arctic foxes, deer, and musk oxen, surrounded by stunning landscapes. Just imagine waking up in the middle of nowhere, and going to pick some Arctic berries for breakfast. Finally, at Point 660—a must-see spot—we’ll stand in awe and gaze upon the 1,800-mile long and 1-mile deep Ice Cap, then camp by the edge of Russell Glacier, where ice meets land. This one’s not for quitters. Nature will test your limits. Are you ready for the challenge?

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  • Arctic Circle Trail

    A must-do for any trekker—cross 250 km/145 miles and traverse the largest ice-free section of Greenland

  • Wildlife wonderland

    Encounter diverse wildlife, such as musk oxen, arctic foxes, snow hares, deer and moose

  • Greenland’s best-ofs

    Reach Point 660 and walk on the world’s second largest ice sheet, marveling at the ice as far as the eye can see.

Itinerary

Step into the icy Greenlandic world on this 13-day guided Arctic Circle Trail tour! We’ll backpack through the longest ice-free section of Greenland, encounter diverse fauna and marvel at stunning Arctic landscapes. From wild camping and hiking along the shores of the fjords to reaching famous landmarks like Point 660 and Russell Glacier, we’ll meet something else Greenland has to offer. Group gear is provided, while full board ensures you’re fueled for the journey ahead. Get ready to push your boundaries and create memories to last a lifetime.

  • Arrive in Greenland by plane. Alternative means of transportation can also be arranged. Upon reaching Sisimiut, we’ll arrange the last groceries before exploring the harbor. Here, you’ll witness firsthand the authentic daily life of Arctic Circle locals, providing an immersive experience unlike any other.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse, hotel, or hostel

    Greenland from the air
  • Seize the day! Our Arctic Circle Trail tour begins with an inland hike. Stretching from the port town of Sisimiut to the picturesque fjord Kangerlussuaq Tulleq, this scenic trail offers a moderate ascent and leads us to a breathtaking camping spot where we’ll set up for the night.

    Hiking: 22.5 km / 14 miles
    Accommodation: Tent

    Mountain range in Greenland
  • Trekking along the shores of the fjords, our journey to the Nerumaq hut entails crossing several rivers. The route is extremely idyllic and the scenery unparalleled—and it comes at a steep price. Be prepared for huge numbers of mosquitoes, particularly in fair weather, and don’t forget your head net—it’s absolutely essential!

    Hiking: 17 km / 10.5 miles
    Accommodation: Hut

    Campsite cooking of the angelica leaves
  • This leg of the journey winds through boggy sections, where at times you might find yourself sinking knee-deep. If you manage to keep your feet dry by the end of the day, you’ve crossed this stretch without a hitch!

    Hiking: 17.5 km / 11 miles
    Accommodation: Tent or hut

    Greenland wild camping
  • Today’s highlight involves a serious river crossing that requires your attention. To ensure a smooth passage, we’ll tackle this task in the morning when the current is gentler. This keeps us safe and adds excitement to our Arctic Circle Trail tour!

    Hiking: 20.7 km / 13 miles
    Accommodation: Tent or hut

    Hiker crossing a river in Greenland
  • On today’s trek from Eqalugaarniarfik to Ikkatooq we’ll pass through a canoe center. Depending on the wind direction, we can paddle a portion of the stage or opt for hiking instead. It’s worth noting that the available old canoes are in poor condition and may not be conveniently located on the right side of the bank.

    Hiking: 12.6 km / 8 miles
    Accommodation: Tent or hut

    Camping in Greenland wilderness
  • We continue hiking, soaking in the scenery as we go. Keep an eye out for deer and arctic foxes while we stroll by a stunning lake along the way. And, why not grab some arctic berries for breakfast? It’s all about embracing the natural delights that make this Arctic Circle Trail tour unforgettable.

    Hiking: 19.2 km / 12 miles
    Accommodation: Tent or hut

    Wild camping in Greenland
  • From Amitsorsuaq, a stage awaits us that stretches along a beautiful lake. We walk past a canoe center where canoes are often to be found. In good weather, these serve as a quick and efficient alternative to hiking the route. Once we reach the other shore, we can pull the canoes ashore again before setting up our base camp and ending the day.

    Hiking: 19 km / 12 miles
    Accommodation: Tent or hut

    Beautiful sunset in Greenland
  • This part of your Arctic Circle Trail tour guides us toward our first settlement, promising new encounters and discoveries. On the way, we’ll pass by a tranquil saltwater lake and find an abandoned hunter’s hut, a testament to the region’s rich history.

    Hiking: 17 km / 10.5 miles
    Accommodation: Tent or hut

    Hiker passing by a lake in Greenland
  • As we continue our hike, we’ll tread along a dusty dirt road that winds its way towards Kangerlussuaq. Amidst the rugged beauty of the landscape, each step brings us closer to the end, marking the conclusion of an unforgettable expedition through Greenland’s untamed wilderness.

    Hiking: 19 km / 12 miles
    Accommodation: Tent or hut

    Hiker on a road to Point 660 in Greenland
  • The best is saved for last! Today, we’ll hike past our destination towards the legendary Point 660, a must-see spot with a view of one of Greenland’s most beautiful ice landscapes. Here, the land turns into eternal ice—the vast expanse of the Ice Cap, stretching up to 2,900 kilometers (1,800 miles) long and 1.5 kilometers (1 miles) deep. If we’re short on time and our energy levels are low after our Arctic Circle Trail tour, we can hop on a local bus to reach the place. Tonight, we’ll set up camp in front of the glacier break.

    Hiking: 35 km / 22 miles
    Accommodation: Tent

    Camping by Russell Glacier in Greenland
  • After a cozy night with a glacier backdrop, we’ll hike back to Kangerlussuaq. Once we’re back in the village, it’s time to pack up, enjoy some more tasty local dishes, and then head over to the airport.

    Hiking: 35 km / 22 miles
    Accommodation: Guesthouse, hotel, or hostel

    River in Greenland Ice Cap
  • We’ve kept one day as a buffer for flexibility—whether it’s for a well-deserved rest, engaging in another on-site activity, or as a backup plan in case of bad weather on the trail. Our Arctic Circle Trail tour ends after today and we bid farewell to our group, reminiscing about the memories made in Greenland’s wilderness.

    End of the Arctic Circle Trail
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Exped Tribe
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Formerly known as the Afterbang Squad, Exped Tribe was founded in the picturesque mountains of central Switzerland in January 2020. With roots dating back to 2009, when they specialized in crafting unique marketing content for the outdoor industry, the team evolved their expertise in planning and executing expeditions into a mission to provide authentic experiences to adventurous souls and mountain enthusiasts. Their journey encompasses faraway lands, lonely peaks, and the exploration of hard-to-reach areas, alongside exhilarating courses and tours within Switzerland. Committed to leaving only footprints behind, Exped Tribe invites fellow adventurers to join them in shaping the future of remote exploration and experiencing the unparalleled freedom that nature bestows.
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Yves Angst (source: Google Reviews)

I booked a wild camping tour with Exped Tribe and it was worth every penny. The team knows what they are doing and organized the tour very well. The camping was not only uniquely beautiful in the wild nature, but also very informative regarding useful camping knowledge and what to look out for. Thank you very much again.

Connor Yost (source: Google Reviews)

Amazing experience!!! The guides were very professional and well trained, felt very safe. Recommended for anyone looking for adventure!!

Martin Balogh (source: Google Reviews)

A really great team, guaranteed a good atmosphere and experience! I highly recommend it!

Lucie Kopackova (source: Google Reviews)

Very flexible, communicative and friendly team! Many thanks.

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • 13-day guided group Arctic Circle Trail tour
      • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • Full board
      • Overnight in campsites, guest houses, huts or tents along the trail
      • Transfers during the trek (all transfers in Greenland)
      • Beacon/GPS device for safety reasons
      • Professional photo and video reportage of the trip
      • Group supplies (expedition tents, cook-ware, stoves etc.)
      • An activity to support the local community
      • CO2 compensation with the planting of 10 trees per participant

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to and from Greenland
      • Beverages before and after the trek
      • Alcoholic beverages
      • Private insurance with repatriation costs covered
      • Cancellation insurance
      • Guide gratuities — optional
      • Travel and medical insurance — optional
  • To embark on this Arctic Circle Trail tour, a high level of fitness is essential. You should be accustomed to hiking and capable of carrying a 20 kg backpack for approximately 8 hours a day. With daily treks ranging from 15 to 25 kilometers (9.5 to 15.5 miles), totaling 230 kilometers (145 miles) over the course of the journey, endurance is key.

    The Arctic Circle Trail tour presents challenging terrain, traversing through varied landscapes from coast to inland ice. It is not a walk in the park—it’s a test of endurance, adaptability, and self-sufficiency, a real trekking expedition that pushes your limits!

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

      • Backpack large enough to carry all the items listed (80-110L bag) — can be rented for an extra fee, let us know upon booking if you’re interested
      • Trekking poles / telescopic poles — can be rented for an additional fee, if interested, let us know upon booking
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity) and thermos flask
      • High ankle hiking boots or mountain boots
      • Sandals for the river crossing trip
      • Comfortable and warm hiking clothes
        • Spare clothes for layering
        • Waterproof rain jacket
        • Hard Shell jacket
        • Down jacket
        • Long and short hiking pants, quick drying
        • Long and short shirts, quick drying
        • Soft shell or fleece jacket
        • Gloves
      • For the overnights:
        • Warm sleeping bag (comfort temperature 0°/-5°) — can be rented for an additional price, let us know upon booking
        • Sleeping mat (insulated preferably)
        • ISO mat
      • Cutlery (fork/knife/spoon/cup/bowl)
      • Head net / mosquito net
      • Gaiters
      • Sunhat
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, lip cream, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Headlamp or flashlight
      • Sunglasses
      • Camera and powerbank — optional

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • During your Arctic Circle Trail tour, you’ll primarily stay in tents or huts, depending on the available facilities. The accommodation along the trail consists of a combination of tents and huts. Before and after the trek, i.e., on Day 1 and Day 12 you’ll spend the night in a guesthouse, hotel, or hostel, depending on availability in the area.

  • You can expect Alpine gourmet cuisine and a full board service! The food during the Arctic Circle Trail tour is of fine camping style, with freshly cooked meals or high-quality dehydrated trekking food. Vegetarian options are available as standard, as your guides do not offer fish or meat on the tour, but they can accommodate special dietary requirements such as vegan and gluten-free upon request. Feel free to bring and consume your own food of animal origin at any time.

    You are welcome to bring your own snacks to replenish energy levels between breakfast and dinner or for appropriate days on the Arctic Circle Trail. Keep in mind that your backpack shouldn’t be too heavy. Lightweight options such as dried fruit, chocolate, cheese, wholemeal bread and energy bars are recommended.

  • While your guides have a strong track record of spotting wildlife like deer, arctic foxes, moose, and ptarmigans, encountering them is never a sure thing. In July and August, higher temperatures can lead to reduced wildlife activity, particularly among larger mammals. However, hiking on the Arctic Circle Trail—the area of musk oxen, increases your chances of wildlife encounters significantly. Sightings cannot be guaranteed, but your guides are skilled at navigating the terrain and maximizing opportunities to experience the stunning Greenland’s fauna.

  • Group sizes and pricing

      • For this group Arctic Circle Trail tour, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 6:1.
      • It takes a minimum of 4 people for this tour to operate.
      • The maximum number of participants should not exceed 8 people.
        You should secure your place on this Arctic Circle Trail tour at least thirty (30) days in advance.

    Arctic Circle Trail tours can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
  • To get to Sisimiut, the starting point of your Arctic Circle Trail tour, most people fly into Kangerlussuaq Airport (SFJ) or Nuuk International Airport (GOH). From there, you can fly to Sisimiut Airport (JHS), only a few minutes drive from Sisimiut.

    Alternative means of transportation can also be arranged. If you need assistance selecting the right flights, let us know and we will be happy to help!

    Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet before exploring the harbor, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location.

  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance.

    With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more. Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to. If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • Secure your early bird spot with a 10% deposit! This tour gets sold out very quickly, but with early-bird booking, you’ll be the first one to know. Pick the month that suits you best and we’ll let you know once the dates are live—don’t risk missing out on your bucket list adventure!

      • Only 10% of the total amount should be paid as a deposit upon booking. This deposit is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another 57hours adventure anytime in case the dates don’t suit you.
      • Once the set dates for the following season are live, you can confirm your booking by the end of this year by paying another 20% of the total amount.
      • The final balance is due 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.
      • Once the trip has been confirmed, the regular cancellation policy applies.

    A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 3 months (90 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide—thirty (30) days before the start date, the cancellation policy stated below applies.

      • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to one hundred twenty (120) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund.
      • For cancellations ninety (90) to one hundred nineteen (119) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking.
      • For cancellations seventy-five (75) to eighty nine (89) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of twenty-five percent (25%) of the total amount paid when Booking.
      • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non-refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.
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