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Climbing Quassussuaq for my first time

By September 11, 2022September 17th, 2022No Comments4 min read

Climbing Quassussuaq for my first time

 Photo – Magnus Biilmann Trolle, Visit Nuuk

Quassussuaq

Quassussuaq is a local mountain bordering Nuuk Airport, it is 433 meters tall (1420 ft). In the winter it functions as the Nuuk’s ski lift, called Sisorarfiit Skiliften. All season, year-round, Quassussuaq has frequent people, hiking and experiencing her beauty.

Photo – Magnus Biilmann Trolle, Visit Nuuk 

Photo – Magnus Biilmann Trolle, Visit Nuuk 

The hike itself varies from a short to a medium hike.

Expect to take at least an hour to get to the top and down again, depending on your capabilities. The terrain is smooth with a few steep climbs. It is an enjoyable afternoon hike.

Photo – Magnus Biilmann Trolle, Visit Nuuk 

I recently hiked Quassussuaq:

What I packed:

I hiked Quassussuaq in the summer when the sun was shining and the temperatures were warm. I grabbed my hiking boots (with good ankle support) because even though the trail follows the ‘ski lift’ trail, it can still get rocky terrain in places. I also packed a bottle of water, a light snack, and a shell jacket to put on top of my sweatshirt. One of the best things about hiking around Nuuk is that you can refill your water bottles in one of the many natural streams.

Photo – Magnus Biilmann Trolle, Visit Nuuk 

Photo – Magnus Biilmann Trolle, Visit Nuuk 

The Hike:

I began with the drive to the base of the ski lift. You can also take the local bus line that is available. Here are the local bus schedule and routes. The climb itself is just following the trail up the mountain. From the base of the ski lift, I followed the ski trail to the right and it took me about 45 minutes to reach the top, with a few stops to take pictures. It is important to note that there are TWO SKI LIFTS and to follow the one on the right. On your hike, you’ll see a lake to your right, which is a beautiful sight. Beyond the lake, on the horizon you will set your eyes on the expansive beauty of Nuuk, so get your cameras ready. After taking too many photos of myself and the environment, I get thirsty. Further up the trail and to the right, you may notice or hear the sound of running water. It’s a stream of fresh water ready to drink, so get your bottles out and refill them for the rest of the journey.

Photo – Magnus Biilmann Trolle, Visit Nuuk

Photo – Magnus Biilmann Trolle, Visit Nuuk

At the end of the first ski lift section, you will be able to see the next section on your left, and depending on the time of the season, you just might find a small lake on your way there. The last section may be steep depending on where you choose to climb, but this is the path that will get you to the top. At the top, you should have a perfect view of Nuuk and Nuussuaq to the north. To the east, Kuanninnguit down below, and across the water is an amazing view of Sermitsiaq in all its beauty. It is a breathtaking view that everyone should experience at least once on their visit to Nuuk.

Photo – Magnus Biilmann Trolle, Visit Nuuk

The hike down the mountain should not be an issue, because there is a different trail that takes you across the back of Quassussuaq, but I would not recommend taking this route if you are a new hiker or new to the area. To safely get back down, take the same route down. I hope you enjoyed your hike trip up Quassussuaq.

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Sebastian
Arctic studies student, Avalak community member