Hiking in Greenland

Hiking in Greenland

Hiking in Greenland as great opportunity to discover the beautiful nature in Greenland.

Greenland is open for all and there are many hiking opportunities in Greenland. Here we give you a selection of hiking routes in different towns in Greenland.

Hiking in Nuuk

Nuuk also has some popular hiking routes. Hiking Quassussuaq (Little Malene) takes 4-6 hours and is pretty simple.  If you have 7 hours you can hike to the peak of Big Malene. Be aware that this hike is a medium/hard difficulty level.

Hiking in Ilulissat - World Heritage Area

Ilulissat is the largest town in North Greenland. Since 2004 Ilulissat Icefjord has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The icebergs in the Kangia Fjord, the stable climate and the beautiful Disco Bay have made the place great for hikers.

Experience the World Heritage Area of Ilulissat Icefjord on your own hiking trip or you can join a trip with a local tour agency.
There are 3 hiking trails to follow best in the summer months. The hiking trips are from 1 hour to more days where you can bring your tent. The terrain is relatively hilly and moist which means you shall bring your hiking shoes.

You can not rely on satellite coverage and normally you don´t meet many people around here, so you should always inform others of your plans and when to return.

If you are not an experienced hiker we recommend you buy a guided tour in Ilulissat. 

Visit the glacier Sermeq Kujalleq

By helicopter all year round from Ilulissat, you can experience the famous glacier at the end of the Icefjord. In winter you can go there by dog sledge taking few hours to several days.


Hiking in the Arctic Circle region and Sisimut

Sisimut is the second largest town in Greenland and the fjord is the largest ice-free area in Greenland.

The land between the Davis Strait and the Ice Sheet has served as a hunting ground for Inuit populations for generations, and today huge parts of it are established as a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as Aasivissuit - Nipisat.

In Sisimut the most popular hike is Palasip Qaqaa (Priest Mountain). If you are lucky you can discover muskoxen here.

If you will visit the landmark of Sisimut called Nasasaaq (784 m) you can have a great view of Sisimut and the landscape, the sea and the mountains. The hiking trip takes around 4-6 hours.


Hiking in South Greenland

In South Greenland, you will find the 16 km long hiking route from Igaliku up to a plateau with a view of Qooroq Ice Fjord. The route will take you through birch vegetation, patches with bare rock formations and finally to the barren “moonscape” with timeworn rocks and stones. The hike is medium-difficult.


Hiking in East Greenland

In Tasiilaq, East Greenland, you will find the hike through the Valley of the Flowers. It is an easy hike that follows the river’s meandering course through the lush valley. The valley has both large and small lakes that are particularly amenable to hikers. The duration of the hike is 2-3 hours.