Black Ridge Trail
The best view of Kangerlussuaq and magnificent vistas of the Kangerlussuaq Fjord and its river valley, with the Ice Sheet clearly visible in the distance
What you can expect on the trail
Named for its dark appearance, Black Ridge dominates the view across the river to the south of Kangerlussuaq and was shaped by the movement of ice between 1650 and 1790 million years ago. Although an established viewpoint is the end goal of this hike, there are wonderful views along the river valley and across the arctic tundra as you climb.
The summit is located directly above the town and offers the best view over Kangerlussuaq. From here, you can see the whole town laid out in front of you – including the impressive airstrip around which it is built. There are also magnificent vistas of the Kangerlussuaq Fjord and its river valley, with Sugarloaf Mountain and the Ice Sheet clearly visible in the distance. You can also see parts of the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Aasivisuit-Nipisat hunting grounds beyond the ridge that rises directly behind Kangerlussuaq. Use the binoculars built into the viewing platform to explore this incredible panorama in more detail.
The hike has a moderate climb but is quite easy, following the road all the way to the summit.
The trail begins at the bridge that crosses the river on the south side of town. From there, take the road that heads off to the left and follow it past the cemetery and up the hill. The sheer face of Black Ridge towers above you to the right, while Kangerlussuaq and its long river valley complete the vista to your left.
The road curves around revealing Tacan radar station in the distance and an old diesel storage tank. Continue to the T-junction and then take a right turn at the sign to Black Ridge.
The return to Kangerlussuaq is via the same route.
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- There may be no cell phone coverage on parts of the trail. Ideally, you should do this hike with another person, but at least let someone know your plans and when you expect to return.
- Weather can change very quickly. Even on a sunny day, make sure you bring a wind- and waterproof jacket with you as a minimum.
- Make sure you bring snacks and a full water bottle. There is not much water along this trail. We also recommend you bring sunscreen, a sun hat, and a mosquito head-net.
- Please minimize your impact on the environment. Don’t build new cairns, leave establish trails and roads, or take shortcuts. Remember to take all your rubbish back to Kangerlussuaq with you.