Mack Prioleau on Hiking the Arctic Circle Trail
Mack Prioleau loves outdoor sports like hiking and many others. He has hiked several nature trails in the country and other parts of the world. Hiking the Arctic Circle Trail is on his bucket list. Read more about what he has to say about this amazing trail right here.
If there’s one group of people I envy right now, it’s those who have had the privilege of hiking the Arctic Circle Trail (ACT) in Greenland. The trail has been in my bucket list for quite some time now and I’m hoping that come 2017, I’ve be able to tick it off my list. For now, I would have to be content with hearing and reading accounts of just how amazing the trail is!
First off, the Arctic Circle Trail has within its premises over 100 hundred lakes; unimaginable, I know, but that’s just one of the many natural wonders of the ACT. Set against the country backdrop of Greenland, the ACT provides hikers with splendid views and out-of-this-world experiences that once you’ve gone on a hike there, you would say nothing compares to it.
There are about eight basic huts scattered throughout the trail, and you are free to make a stop there to rest for a bit or to spend the night. The shelters are open to all hikers, and you won’t be charged for staying in for the night. The only limitation, if you can even call it that, is that each one of these can only accommodate about 4 to 6 hikers who wish to spend the night.
If you need to go freshen up a bit or relieve yourself, some of the huts are also equipped with bathroom facilities.
Now for the real adventure
The Arctic Circle Trail covers an area of about 160 kilometers, stretching from Kangerlussuaq to Sisimuit. A bit of warning though—the trail isn’t ideal for beginners and you would have to be physically fit and healthy to be able to complete the trail—which would take about nine to eleven days.
If you’re after solitude, then this is the best place to go! Cars? You won’t find them here! Crowds, and towering structures? None of those either! In a word, the ACT takes you away from everything that gives you stress; noise, crowds, cars whizzing past, buildings that block your views of nature, and any other imaginable man-made obstruction.
At the Arctic Circle Trail, you may feel lost when you first get in; feeling disoriented because all you see is a vast expanse of land. But once you’ve trekked for awhile, and have taken in the beauty of your natural surroundings, you may be surprised at how the ACT can help you find yourself.
At the Arctic Circle Trail, you are truly one with nature. Ride a canoe, swim in the lake, go fishing, snap photos of wildlife suddenly making an appearance (small Arctic fox, hare, and reindeer are only some of the animals you may find yourself walking alongside with).
If you are an adventure seeker like me, I’m quite certain you will have the best hiking experience yet when you go to the Arctic Circle Trail!
I’ll talk more about the ACT in my future posts, so I invite you to check back again soon. This is Mack Prioleau once again. I hope to see you here again!