The Arctic Circle is a fabulous area to visit on a trip. If snow adventures are your thing, then you certainly need to visit. This is a once in a lifetime experience that many won’t have the chance to do. It’s not for the faint hearted with it’s cold weather and harsh terrain. But the adventure you will have will be one you never forget. Here is a beginners guide to planning a trip to this fabulous destination to inspire and ensure you have the time of your life.
So what and where is the Arctic Circle?
The Arctic Circle is an invisible ring around the Northern hemisphere of our planet. It’s central point is the North Pole. The circle touches a number of different countries including Canada, Sweden, Greenland and Russia, to name but a few.
Where should I travel to within the circle?
As the circle covers a number of regions and countries, there are plenty of destinations for you to use to get inside the circle. Which one you choose depends on your personal preference. Try to find locations that are easy to travel to, such as the Icelandic island of Grimsey. It is situated directly in the Arctic circle and is easy to travel by aeroplane or boat. One of the most popular tourist destinations within the Arctic circle is the North Cape. This is located in Northern Scandinavia and is a region of break-taking natural beauty. Featuring dramatic cliffs and beautiful view, it’s not difficult to see why it’s become so popular. Scandinavia also has a wonderful array of ice hotels, which make your experience that extra bit special.
What can I do when I get there?
Each region inside the Arctic Circle will have it’s own tourist attractions and activities. Try and see some of their natural phenomenons, which you can only see inside of the Arctic circle. These include the famous Northern Lights and also the midnight sun and polar nights. These will occur throughout the year so research when is the best time to visit to save disappointment.
Visit the Arctic circle centre during your trip to find out more about the history of the region and also has interesting World War II artefacts. If adventure is more your thing, try out a snow expedition or hike. Does snowshoeing in the arctic circle sound exciting? How about a boat trip around the islands and ice caps? How about a husky safari? There are so many options for you to choose from that allows you to explore and see much more of the region. These expeditions will vary in length and price but make a unique travel experience. Just remember always to book with professionals who know the area well and can give you an insightful tour. No matter what you choose to do always ensure you are dressed appropriately and drink plenty of water.
When is the best time to go?
Travelling to the region during its winter months will ensure you have snow during your trip. Believe it or not, the majority of areas inside the Arctic circle do not have snow or ice during the summer.
Hopefully, you’ll now be itching to get booking and exploring the region. If you have a real sense of adventure, this will be a trip that just keeps on giving. Enjoy!