Northern Light Trekking in the Arctic Circle Trail. From Kangerlussuaq to Sisimiut located on the west coast of Greenland.
He is tall and calm – at least calm on the outside. Henrik does not speak only to hear his own voice. It is a Danish saying that blends perfectly well in with his being amongst the strong but quiet Greenland landscape. He says that he likes the silence and the greatness. The feeling of being an insignificant and small being compared to the nature surrounding him, actually brings some sense and grounding into his modern everyday life.
Then Henrik actually decides to hear his own voice. “When we first arrived, it was striking to grasp that people actually live here, all year, in this rough climate. It must require a strong and very independent mind set. You really come to respect the people living here as they have to adapt to this tough surrounding.”
It is Autumn, September 2015.
They are a strong group of three Danes. They each know their weaknesses and their strengths from previous trekking adventures in Europe. Now, they have decided to experience the September Climate in Greenland by following the Arctic Circle Trail from Kangerlussuaq to Sisimiut.
Before the journey starts with 165 km by foot, the group ride a truck to reach the Ice Cap approximately 30 kilometers from the airport. Heavily armed with well-rehearsed equipment such as tents, food and warm clothes and an InReach Satelite Phone the trekking begins through a breath-taking scenery of rocks, ice and beautiful light.
The Arctic Circle Trail runs through mountains and lakes. Huts are situated along the Trail for an overnight stay. For Henrik and his trekking mates the map and the guidebooks has been studied carefully to ensure that all given situations were prepared.
They sleep in their one-person tents or in a hut. They get up in the morning around Eight. Have their cup of coffee and their oatmeal pourridge. Pack up their bags. Yet another day of walking has begun. Twelve days of walk, eat and sleep. With no soundtrack but a visual scenario of Nature Overload. “We saw snow rabbits, reindeers, skulls and antlers. But no trees. Trees cannot grow on Greenland.“
“We saw snow rabbits, reindeers, skulls and antlers. But no trees. Trees cannot grow on Greenland. “
Henrik sums up. “To see the Northern Light was by far the most imprinting experience. It stays with you long after. We had planned the trip for September with the purpose of seeing Northern Light. Also, this time of year, in Greenland the weather is crisp but there is no snow yet.”
They reach Sisimiut to days later than planned. The trekking was a success. Some big difficulties were met during the journey, but they managed. As a group. As they always do.
Pizza is now needed. Beer is now needed. At the nearest pizzaria in town.
Henrik Hansen, a Graphic Designer from Kolding running Kannt Kommunikation a design studio based in Vejle.
Link to website: www.kannt.dk
Photography by Henrik Hansen
Words by Dea Simonsen