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Hiking in Ilulissat to see the colossal Ilulissat Icefiord

During my stay in the wonderful village of Ilulissat, I enjoyed a hike on what is called the yellow route. There are several hikes behind the town up in the rocky areas overlooking the jaw-dropping Ilulissat Icefiord. The yellow route is the least demanding and should take around 2 hours in total. I took around 3 hours but I stopped many times to enjoy the scenery and take photographs. I don't think there is any point rushing; the awesome scenery is just too magnificent to pass by.

Old building on the outskirts of Ilulissat

Preparation - To prepare for this hike I would recommend taking a couple of bottles of water and a small snack – I didn't take anything with me and there were times I could have benefited from at least a drink. Hiking boots are also a must – The terrain is rocky and uneven and you will have to do some scrambling and climbing between the rocks. My boots gripped to the surfaces perfectly and I could not have done the hike in normal flat soled footwear.

Looking back to Ilulissat from the Power Station

The Route - The route starts at the power station which is 5 minutes' walk from the hotel Icefiord. To the right of the station is a set of steps which marks the start of the route – You can catch your first glimpse of the Ilulissat Icefiord from here. The route is easily recognisable as there are yellow circles painted on the rocks at intervals – Simply look for the next one and follow the trail!

Giant Icebergs at the start of the Ilulissat Icefiord

The trail takes you round the edge of the bay and over the rocky terrain until you reach the old heliport at the other side. Some notable sites on the way are of course the Ilulissat Icefiord and a small graveyard. The whole area is just serene and if you enjoy being outdoors you will love this hike. I felt like a true explorer hiking in the elements – There was literally no one else around for miles and the isolation was wonderful.

When you get close to the edge of the Icefiord I would recommend taking some time to stop and admire its allure. Towering icebergs stretch for as far as the eye can see, you can hear them creaking and groaning as they push against each other. It really is a wonderful sight and totally different to the icebergs you can see in Antarctica.

Ilulissat and the Power Station as seen from the start of the trail Marker Stones looking over to the Icefiord Closeups of the Icebergs in the Icefiord A secret pool lies in the rocky hiking terrain Highest market stones on the Yellow hiking trail Closeups of the Icebergs in the Icefiord Beautiful shapes and colours of the Icefiord The Yellow markers were easy to spot An old Graveyard near the end of the hike

Notes - It is worth mentioning about the midges – They don't bother you if you are moving, but if you stand still for any length of time, be prepared to be assaulted by the annoying little bastards! Also think about your clothing – I started out with my thermal top, a shirt and a jacket, and within 10 minutes I was down to only my T-Shirt! Although Greenland can be deathly cold, if you visit during the summer you won't need to be as wrapped up inland.

Marker stones painted yellow to signify the yellow hiking route

To experience the countryside and nature of Ilulissat, this hike is a perfect and not to challenging way to do so. It is worth it alone just to see the immensity and magnitude of the colossal Ilulissat Icefiord, but you also get to immerse yourself in the raw elements and hike a path not many people have trodden.

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