Lake Ferguson Trail
A flat, easy hike to the source of Kangerlussuaq’s water, the home of the town’s kayak club, and Roklubben – one of the best restaurants in Greenland.
What you can expect on the trail
Lake Ferguson (Tasersuatsiaq is the Greenlandic language) is one of the most popular destinations for locals and visitors to Kangerlussuaq.
This large lake lies nestled between hills and is the water supply for Kangerlussuaq, so swimming is prohibited. However, it is a wonderful spot for a picnic or to simply wander around and explore while listening to the unmistakable call of Arctic Loons (a type of duck). It is also the home of Restaurant Roklubben – one of the best restaurants in Greenland – if you are looking to treat yourself.
The hike is very easy and relaxed, following the road all the way to the lake. Keep an eye out for the signs pointing to the trail to Aircraft Crash Site #2 and the memorial to “King Willy” the musk ox along the way.
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 right and has wonderful views over the sandy delta at the head of the Kangerlussuaq Fjord.
Follow the road until you arrive at the lake but be sure to keep a lookout for the memorial to “King Willy” the musk ox – the undisputed ruler of the airbase in the late 1960s – about halfway. You can read more about him in the Kangerlussuaq museum and also listen to his song.
Pack yourself a picnic in Kangerlussuaq and enjoy it in the fresh air, or book a table at Restaurant Roklubben for a wonderful dining experience that uses only the freshest local ingredients. If you time it correctly, you could even indulge in their weekly Traditional Greenlandic Buffet.
Return to Kangerlussuaq along the same route, or extend your outing by combining this hike with a slightly more challenging hike to Air Crash Site #2.
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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 a full water bottle. There is not much water along this trail until you reach the lake. We also recommend you bring sunscreen, a sun hat, and a mosquito head-net.
- Please minimize your impact on the environment. Follow existing roads and trails, don’t build or alter cairns, and take all your rubbish back to Kangerlussuaq with you.