The Arctic Circle is an imaginary line at 66º, 30'N latitude, passing through Canada, Alaska, Russia, Greenland, Sweden, Norway and Finland, just missing the north coast of Iceland.
It encircles a frozen domain, where the influence of mankind has remained slight, if not unnoticeable, despite the indigenous Inuit having lived there for over 9,000 years.
Just 0.50% of the world’s population live within the borders of the Arctic Circle; it remains one of planet’s last great frontiers. The treeless world they inhabit offer ups sublime wonders of nature from ice fjords and blue glaciers, haunting ice fields and snow mountains.
Against this spectacular icescape, some of the world’s natural phenomena take place: the Midnight Sun, where the sun never sets and the Polar Nights, where it never rises. Flittering in between, the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, plays out a dancing lightshow across the Arctic sky.
Despite the hostile environment, many species of well-adapted wildlife exist here. So from the bow of your luxury icebreaker, you may catch a glimpse of fishing polar bears, walruses, beluga and narwhal whales or herds of reindeer or caribou.
Sadly however, The Arctic is on borrowed time. With the region heating faster than anywhere else on Earth, the Arctic is an ever-changing world, and there may not be long to see it in its truest state.
Lightfoot Travel specialise in creating tailor-made luxury tours to the world’s remotest destinations. We operate two luxury cruise ships in the Arctic, taking you on an unforgettable journey, navigating the North Atlantic to the far-flung reaches of this wintery world. Let’s explore…
Best time to go: June to September/ October. Land based polar bear viewing experiences in Canada are best in October & November