Arctic

ARCTIC

Snow, Ice and Wilderness

The northernmost region on Earth, the Arctic Circle encompasses Scandinavia, Russia, Alaska, Northern Canada, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Greenland. Home to the elusive Polar Bear and other fascinating wildlife, the Arctic is definitely a region worth exploring.

The countries that make up the Arctic each offer their own unique opportunities for travellers. Approximately 4 million people call this region home, despite having to live in freezing cold temperatures all year long. It truly is one of the world’s most unique ecosystems and witnessing how the local indigenous people have adapted to deal with the conditions is truly remarkable.

Don’t let the cold weather turn you away – or you’ll miss out on the opportunity of witnessing some pretty incredible wildlife, local communities and learning about a unique culture. Polar bears, Arctic foxes, walruses, narwhal, seals, reindeer and whales are just some of the fascinating species who call the Arctic home.

Mountain peaks, stunning glaciers and divine blue oceans make up the landscape of the Arctic, it is a photographer’s dream. Include the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights into the regions list of things to see and you have what could possibly be the world’s most beautiful destination.

Our team of consultants have visited the Arctic and would love to tell you more about their experiences to help you plan an amazing Arctic holiday.

Visiting for the first time?

Here is our MUST DO list - The Jewels in the Crown...

Visit Canada’s maritime provinces, such as Nova Scotia (when visiting the Canadian High Arctic)
Explore the breathtaking Norwegian Fjords
Include a visit to Sweden or Finland
A walking rip through the Fjords

Returning to the Arctic?

You may want to revisit places and perhaps go further afield too...

A visit to the North Pole is the ultimate Arctic experience

Our Travel Tips

One of the biggest draw cards to the Arctic is the Aurora Borealis – or The Northern Lights! The best time to travel to see them is in the Northern Hemisphere’s winter (late September to November or February to March), December and January it is usually top cloudy to see them. Although there’s still no guarantee you will be lucky and catch a glimpse.

Have your eyes peeled and cameras ready for possible Polar Bear, arctic foxes, whales, walrus and reindeer sightings.

Witness the midnight sun – from mid-May to mid-July, Northern Norway, Northern Sweden, Greenland and Northern Finland bask in 24 hour sunlight. The further north you travel, the better your chances to catch the midnight sun.  Svalbard in the High Arctic enjoys the midnight sun for almost 4 months of the year!

A fun activity to add to your itinerary is dog sledding. Sweden, Norway and Finland all offer this experience, with beautiful Husky’s waiting to do what they do best – run through the snow.

Try some Eskimo Ice Cream (Akutaq) – a food in western Alaska & Northern Canada. A frosty arctic dish consisting of whipped animal fat mixed with berries and optional additions such as fish & sugar. Fat from local animals, like reindeer or seal, may be mixed up in akutaq, depending upon the availability of game. Like regular ice cream, akutaq is creamy & cold.

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