The Arctic Cirle Trail
The Arctic Circle Trail is the most famous hiking trail in Greenland. It connects Kangerlussuaq with its international airport close to the inland ice and Sisimiut at the west coast, with about 5500 inhabitants being the second largest city in Greenland.
The trail is about 160-170 km long and starts in Kellyville, a very tiny village about 15 km west of Kangerlussuaq. Leaving the last signs of civilisation behind, you enter an fantastic adventure with widely untouched nature and lots of unforgettable moments. Every now and then you can find shelter in one of the huts, which can be used by hikers for free. As there is no chance to buy any food on the way, keep in mind to carry everything with you for the complete tour!
In summertime the trail should be free of snow and ice from mid of June to mid of September. Especially in the early summer the rivers might be deep and it can become dangerous to cross them. Anyway, to walk the complete track you should plan at least 7 or 8 days (or 5 if you are Greenlandic ). If you prefer to enjoy the nature without being in a hurry, I recommend to take at least 10-12 days. Especially if the weather changes, you will be happy about the luxury to spent a day in a hut instead of hiking hours in drenching rain.
If you do the ACT in winter, you can do it with a dog-sled, snow-mobile, country-skis or off-road-vehicles. Depending on your equipment and condition you will need between one day (if using offraod-vehicle) and several days when going with skis or sled. The final box might be hard to find during winter time due to lots of snow.
First of all, I would like to thank kalakgl who is taking care of the cache in case of any maintenance becomes necessary. I am really happy that we met him and his fantastic family during our stay in Greenland.
After doing the ACT in 2009, I was planning my second trip along the ACT in 2012. I was wondering, that there is still no cache covering the trail. To connect two hobbies, hiking and geocaching, I decided to built this multi cache. That's the result...
The cache is located in the area of Sisimiut and you can easily log it when hiking the ACT from Kangerlussuaq to Sisimiut. If you walk the other direction, you should have a look at this cache!
In six of the huts (see waypoints!) along the Arctic Circle Trail you can find two flat washers each about 3 cm in diameter as exemplary shown on the picture below. Each washer has embossed either a letter or a single-digit number. Please note, that everytime the letter or number are embossed twice to the according washer. Be careful not to mistake any letters or numbers (e.g. 3 and B).
For example: if you find the following two flat washers in one hut, you should note 'B=8'.
The complete distance for this cache will be about 160 km and you will need several days to complete the cache! Please keep in mind that you can't buy any supplies on your tour. When walking, you should consider telling the local authorities, when you plan to arrive at your destination!
The cache is hidden at the following coordinates not far from the Arctic Circle Trail with a fantastic view:
N 66° (E*D+F).(B*C*E-A-D)
W 53° (A*D+B).(A*C*D*E*F)
For the case, you are not able to find all the information, use these additional information:
1. The letters you will find are: A, B, C, D, E and F - but not in this order!
2. The sum of the numbers you'll find at all six stages equals 28!
This gives you the chance to complete the cache, after you found at least 5 letters and 5 numbers. So you might feel free to walk detour and leave out any of the huts/stages.
After it took you several days to complete this cache please take some time and share some of your best moments along the ACT with the geocaching community. I would be very happy and thankful if you add some photos to your log as well.
ps: By the way, I forgot to put the pencil into the box. Please bring one along and feel free to put it into the final container.
Have a good and safe tour and enjoy the trip!