Arctic Region in the Nordic Countries
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 which bounded 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, USA, Canada, Greenland and Iceland.
Visit the Arctic region both in Summer and Winter
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.
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If you love beautiful nature - then you have to visit the Arctic region
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 wolf, polar bear, fox and reindeer. In the Arctic waters, animal-like seal, walrus and whale 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 to forget 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 destination 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
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.
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 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.
See more: Where to watch the Midnight Sun
Best season to go
The temperatures in the Arctic areas in the Nordic countries is relatively mild compared 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 long, 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 challenging to reach, and most guests to these destinations arrive by a managed tour by an agency.
Arctic Circle Map