Guide to Arctic Adventures
Holidays to the Arctic Circle area get more and more popular and it is quite understandable why.
The region north of the Arctic Circle is simply called the Arctic. It is a totally wide unspoilt beautiful wilderness on earth. The centre of Arctic is at the North Pole. The Arctic Circle is the imaginary line which bounded it together.
The most of the Arctic area is covered by ice, the extent of which varies according to the time of year. The Arctic Circle passes through eight countries, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, USA, Canada, Denmark (Greenland) and Iceland.
Climate in winter and summer
The coastal areas of Norway have a generally mild climate as a result of the Gulf Stream, which makes the ports of northern Norway ice-free all year long, but the climate in the Arctic region is generally cold. The summers can be quite warm.
Natural environment is great here
Regarding the very cold temperature and the permafrost conditions, the fauna is very simple up here. Most of the year the Arctic area is covered by ice and snow. In the warmest month, you will find some regions covered by tundra, with little grass areas, shrubs, mosses and herbs.
Throughout the Arctic area, you will find a wide selection of animals like wolf, polar bear, fox and reindeer. In the Arctic waters, animal-like seal, walrus and whale are visitors.
Silence - fresh air - no stress
Many consider the Arctic Circle the border of hurry and stress, meaning they don’t exist north of the line. Exploring only a few kilometres north certainly, strengthens the myth.
Within the last couple of years, tourists from all over the world come here to stress off by staying in Arctic Ice hotels and get a nature experience for life. Through the many exciting activities like hiking, dog sledging, snowmobiling or skiing, you can explore the pureness, silence, the seasonally special lights and not to forget fascinating local culture, where people know how to live in harmony with nature.
Arctic holiday destinations
There are numerous Arctic Circle holidays to explore in the Nordic countries. Three of the most famous and most popular Arctic destination have to be Kiruna(Sweden), Tromsø (Norway) and Rovaniemi (Finland. Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland is a real Arctic Circle holiday destination. The Arctic Circle border line goes directly through the amazing Santa Claus Holiday Park in the city.
Northern Lights experiences for life
The most travellers come to visit the Arctic Nordic holiday resorts to witness to the spellbinding Northern Light astral show. Between September and March, you can find the most spectacular tours, which offers all kinds of activities in combination with Northern Light experiences. Read more about the Northern Light here.
The Midnight Sun - 24 hours a day
Above the Arctic Circle, during the summer between May and July, you will find another natural phenomenon, called the Midnight Sun or "the white nights". This season also attracts many tourists.
This means the sun officially stays above the horizon for a full 24 hours. Arctic holiday destinations attract with all kinds of activities like jet skiing, fishing, horseback riding, swimming, hiking, river cruises, visiting husky and reindeer farms and a whole lot more nearly 24 hours a day. Pretty much anything you can do during the day, you can do in the night. Sleep? Do it later! Read more about the Midnight Sun here.
Best season to go
The temperatures in the Arctic areas in the Nordic countries is relatively mild compared to to the rest of the Arctic Region. due to the influence of the Gulf Stream. In general, you can visit the Nordic destinations all year along, but the best seasons are between May - July and September to March.
The Arctic holiday destinations connected to the Nordic countries get more and more attainable. You will find nearly daily airline services to the popular Arctic cities like Kiruna, Tromsø and Rovaniemi. Destinations like Ilulissat in Greenland and regions like Svalbard are more difficult to reach, and the most guests to these destinations arrive by a managed tour by an agency.