During winter it’s a ski slope, during summer it’s a favorite hiking spot.
My girlfriend and I built up courage to hike up Little Malene during summer. Once again, I’m not an experienced hiker, and I weigh on the heavy side of 130. Walk uphill for me is always a battle. But I’m never afraid to take on a battle. My girlfriend is always really patient with me, and we take our time to get there without killing me. Most of the time she is also my pure inspiration and motivation to climb mountain tops.
The day of which we decided to climb this 500 meter high mountain also happened to be the hottest day of the year in Nuuk. Which is only 20-25 degrees Celsius. This created a problem of mosquitoes everywhere. I knew of the problem, but the weather forecast said it would be windy. And as I heard it, mosquitoes cannot fly when it’s windy. But either, it was not windy enough, or it was just an untrue rumor.
Before starting the trip there we looked up the way to the climb it self, as it’s located right next to the airport. Even though it’s possible to take a bus straight to the foot of the climb, we decided to walk there, as Google maps said it was only 4 kilometers from our hour to there. This was one of the few warm days of the Greenlandic summer and we were battling with warm sun rays and cold wind gusts from south.
The initial walk was long, hot and full of mosquitoes. I reassured my girlfriend that the mosquitoes would go away once we arrived at the mountain, because then the wind would ground them. Not long after the ascend we found out that this would not be the case. So the ascend is located at the same place as the ski lift. During winter there’s a ski slope, and during summer there is only these huge poles which are attached to the ski lift itself.
So the direction of going up was very straight forward. Just follow the lift poles, and when they end go to the last plateau(or the top). So imagine this is a slope during winter. While hiking up this mountain it was very steep, however not so steep so you would need to climb it on all four paws. But right on edge of this. This meant that for every short distance we covered we got a new view very quick. This was a very surreal thing to try. Almost like climbing a 500 meter ladder.
This was my first time going up this mountain, as Im not a big skier, so I didnt get to try going up during ski season. The view was magnificent because we got to see the capital of Nuuk from above, but also the northern country and sermitsiaq from another perspective.
The climb quickly became exhausting, and we had to take more and more breaks as every 50 meters or so took my breath away. But during the breaks we also had the opportunity to enjoy the pleasure of the view mentioned above!
We were the only ones on the slope of the mountain, so we had it all to ourself (except for the mosquitoes).
Before reaching the top of Little Malene, there was a small plateau. This plateau was in the shade of the mountain and therefore there was still snow! In the middle of August! Both me and my girlfriend was thrilled about it, as it was not visible from the base of the mountain. After taking several selfies with the snow, we walk up the last hundred meters of the mountain. The last part was much less steep than the previous ascend.
Finally we reached the top, and as this mountain is not so high, it was not so much a peak as a colossal plateau with smaller peaks of 10-20 meters.
The picture seen, is taken on the top of little Malene looking north onto Sermitsiaq. We spent around 1 hour walking around and looking at the view in different directions.
By this time we had already given up on making it down and taking a bus back. On our descend we had to be very careful as the it was very steep, and descending is almost always more difficult. On our way down, at around 4 or 5 pm, we met several people climbing the mountain for exercise purposes.
Furthermore on our descend we could hear the risling of melting water running beneath the rocks or in some form of crevice. It was actually very soothing. When we arrived at the foot of the mountain once again, we decided to take the opposite way of the one we get there on.
Right next to the mountain is the local airport of Nuuk, and we had to walk a long the runway and all the way around it to reach the university. At the University there’s only 1.5 kilometer back to our apart. We got to the university right when the bus got there, and minutes before we had said it would probably just have left. We sprinted to the bus, and it took us home. We could have finished by walking but we were just too exhausted.
Visit Little Malene during summer and winter! Easiest and best way to get a quick hike/ski trip and a magnificent view.