Start from the Ice Sheet
Rather than beginning the trek in Kangerlussuaq, join a tour to Point 660 and ask to be left there. Walk along the road to the Russell Glacier and then either continue along the road or along the Ice Ridge Trail to Kangerlussuaq.
Walking from Point 660 adds around 37km and 2-3 extra days to the trek.
Start from the Russell Glacier
As with Point 660, join a tour and ask to be left at the Russell Glacier once everyone has gone. Camping in front of the 60m high wall of ice and having the place largely to yourself will be one of the highlights of the trip.
You can walk along the road back to Kangerlussuaq (easier), or hike along the Ice Ridge Trail (more challenging) that follows the ridgeline above the road.
Walking from the Russell Glacier adds around 25km and 1-2 extra days to the trek.
As you approach Sisimiut, keep an eye out for a cairn with both blue and red markings on it and a clear path heading off to the left towards the mountains towering above you. The best place for camping is at the base of Nasaasaaq Peak (turn left at the second saddle). Please see our general hiking page for more information about the route.
This doesn’t add too much distance to the trail and, alternatively, can be done as a day hike from Sisimiut. However, to camp overnight and watch the sunset and/or sunrise from either Nasaasaaq Peak or Nasaasaaq Bluff is unforgettable.