The Nordic Arctic Circle
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 called the Arctic. It is a vast unspoilt beautiful wilderness on earth. The centre of the Arctic is at the North Pole. The Arctic Circle is the imaginary line that bound it together.
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, the USA, Canada, Greenland and Iceland.
When to Visit the Arctic
The temperatures in the Arctic areas in the Nordic countries are relatively mild compared to the rest of the Arctic Region. Due to the influence of the Gulf Stream.
The best time to visit the Arctic if you want to go on a cruise is in the high summer of late June and early July. Temperatures are between 3°C and 7°C, the sun remains above the horizon 24 hours a day.
From September to March you can visit the Arctic if you wish to discover the Northern Lights and arctic activities such as dog sledging.
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.
But in general, you can visit the Nordic destinations all year long
See more: The Arctic Destinations
Explore the spectacular Arctic
Regarding the freezing 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 wolves, polar bears, foxes and reindeer. In the Arctic waters, animal-like seals, walrus and whales are visitors.
Silence - fresh air - no stress
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 Northern lights and not forget the fascinating local culture, where people know how to live in harmony with nature.
Arctic holiday destinations
There are so many Arctic Circle holidays to explore in the Nordic countries. Three of the most famous and most popular Arctic destinations have to be Kiruna (Sweden), Tromsø (Norway) and Rovaniemi.
Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland is a real Arctic Circle holiday destination. The Arctic Circle borderline goes directly through the fantastic Santa Claus Holiday Park in the city.
Northern Lights experiences for life
Most travellers come to visit the Arctic Nordic holiday resorts to witness the spellbinding Northern Light astral show. Between September and March, you can find the most spectacular tours, which offer all kinds of activities in combination with Northern Light experiences.
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.
It means the sun officially stays above the horizon for a full 24 hours. Arctic holiday destinations attract 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 at night.
See more: Where to watch the Midnight Sun
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 challenging to reach, and most guests to these destinations arrive by a managed tour by an agency.