The Arctic Circle is a region on Earth that is marked as one of the five major circles of latitude on maps of our planet. It is located between the Arctic to its north and the Northern Temperate Zone to its south. Its counterpart in the Southern Hemisphere is known as the Antarctic Circle, but in this blog we would like to focus on The Arctic and all the wonderful sights this area of the world has to offer those who wish to visit. Is the Arctic Circle on your bucket list?
Not many people can name the eight countries that make up the Arctic Circle without good old Google, and most are surprised that USA has a slice of it, as north Alaska (or Arctic Alaska) is next to the Arctic Ocean. The other seven countries that make up the Arctic Circle are Canada, Denmark (Greenland), Norway, Finland, Russia, Sweden and Iceland (where it passes through the small offshore island of Grímsey).
The Arctic Circle offers a surprisingly vast range of things to do and see, and there are many ways in which you can explore it. The Northern Lights is one of the most popular reasons travellers visit, followed by the stunning scenery and beautiful wildlife. Not to mention the North Pole being home to Santa Clause and his helpers, a huge attraction to families with young children who still believe in the magic.
There are surprisingly a range of activities to enjoy and partake in in the Arctic, from hiking up snow mountains, to whale watching, to deep sea fishing. Many of those who visit the Arctic circle do so to see the spectacular wildlife that reside there. The common animals that can be found in Arctic region are arctic fox, caribou, musk-ox, polar bear, seal and whales. The extremely cold temperature has limited the activities of these arctic mammals; especially the species live on land, such as polar bear and arctic fox.
Contrary to popular belief, no species of Penguin reside in the Arctic. Their natural habitat is in the Southern Hemisphere, which is why you tend to find them in Antarctica.
A trip to the Arctic region is really a trip of a lifetime and can be achieved in a limited number ways, from expedition cruises and escorted tours. A lot of the terrain can be quite treacherous and it is better to organise a trip to the Arctic Circle with a travel professional and tour operator who know the best way to explore the area. If the Arctic Circle is somewhere that interests you, but you don’t really know how to go about visiting, get in touch with us today for more information.