Yes, you really can travel the Arctic!

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“Where are you off on vacation this year?” “The Arctic.” Admittedly, this isn’t really a conversation you hear crop up very often! But actually yes- you can explore the Arctic. And there are a number of very good reasons why you should consider going on an adventure to this polar region too. If you’re bored of the same old beach holidays, this could give you an incredible opportunity to visit somewhere new. Thinking about it? Here are a few tips to bear in mind.

Where is “The Arctic.”

The Arctic is the northernmost part of our planet. It consists of the Arctic Ocean, and its adjacent seas, parts of Alaska, Canada, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, and Sweden. The landscape of the Arctic region is covered in snow and ice and is predominantly barren in the way of trees and plants.

What Will I Do On My Trip?

One of the main reasons to go to the Arctic is to enjoy unspoilt surroundings and view the incredible wildlife. Despite being such a treacherous climate, many types of wildlife thrive in the Arctic region. Polar bear, walruses, Arctic foxes, whales and various species of birds can all be spotted here. Booking one of the wildlife tours that are available will help you get the most out of your trip. Across the various countries, you will see museums, cathedrals, rivers, forests, go on hikes and visit parks. You will get the opportunity to see the Northern Lights and other mind-boggling natural phenomenon.

What Time of Year is Best To Visit?

The Arctic is covered in ice for the majority of the year, as so it’s only during the short summer months you can visit. You get the chance to witness the diverse scenery, unusual wildlife and interesting people in the Arctic. Due to how dense the sea ice is, and the long days of darkness, this means that no expedition cruises can take place between October to May. The best time is between June and September. So if you’re planning a visit be aware that there’s a large part of the year where it’s not actually possible to do so.

How Do I Get Around?

The Arctic region is vast. To see as much of it as possible, consider booking an arctic cruise. This will take you across each of the different countries and stop at various points of interest. In places like Greenland, there are no roads or trains between the towns. However there are different types of aircraft such as planes and helicopters allowing you to get from A to B. For shorter distances, you’re able to take boats or ships for sailing tours or just as transportation between the different towns and villages.

Where Will I Stay?

There are a variety of incredible places to stay in the Arctic. From a log cabin in Lapland to warm igloo style tents in Finland to the Ice Hotel in Sweden to ‘Eskimo Village’ which is a tunnel of interconnected igloos. This article has all of the information.

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One Response to Yes, you really can travel the Arctic!

  1. Mel & Suan says:

    An intriguing journey to add to the bucket list…

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