Snowshoeing in winter

Approaching Nasaasaaq Peak during winter hike near Sisimiut, Greenland

Snowshoeing during winter (January – early-April)

Looking towards the Ice sheet from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain near Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Photo: Lasse Kyed – Destination Arctic Circle

If you want to hike in the backcountry of Greenland during the winter, snowshoes are a must. You should be able to follow roads without them (which means many of the day-hikes in Kangerlussuaq are still accessible), but as soon as the road ends you will encounter deep snow. You may be able to follow snowmobile/cross-country skiing routes without them, but it will be much harder work.

Note also that cairns and trail marking will likely be buried in snow and not visible.

In Sisimiut, snowshoes can be rented from Hotel Sisimiut and Hotel S├śMA Sisimiut. Otherwise, you will have to bring your own.

We urge you to be very careful if you are thinking of climbing one of the mountains during the winter. There will likely be ice, so make sure you also bring ice-related equipment. If you are inexperienced with ice, it is best to stick with the valleys.