1st-Alaska-Outdoor-School---Logo

Tours & Sightseeing Trips in
Fairbanks, Denali & the Arctic Circle.

Arctic Circle – Who Wants to Go?

Arctic Circle – Who Wants to Go?

Icon December 6, 2016
Icon By admin
Icon 0 comments

The words Arctic Circle may scare some, especially those who aren’t fond of the cold. However, the Arctic has a lot more going on than just a frigid, barren landscape. Don’t confuse it with its (literal) polar opposite, the Antarctic. The Arctic is surrounded by ocean and masses of land, whereas the Antarctic is surrounded by nothing but stormy seas and ice (and penguins!). The Arctic is teeming with life – human, plant and animal (well, a few humans, anyway). The Arctic also experiences a summer and is not continuously shrouded in ice and snow. The Arctic Circle consists of some amazing and beautiful surprises.


arctic-circle-animals-1

Arctic Animals:

The Arctic Circle is where polar bears, Arctic foxes, wolves, musk ox, moose and reindeer can be found, as well as various species of birds such as snowy owls, bald eagles and those ever-so-charming puffins (no penguins!). The Arctic Ocean provides a home for various types of whales, seals, walruses, fish and plankton.


 

Arctic People:

The native people who inhabit the Arctic vary throughout the countries included in the Arctic Circle. There are members of the Athabaskan language family who live in Alaska and Canada, the Inuit and Inupiat. The Russian North includes the Komi, the Sakha and the Karelians. A group called the Saami live in the north of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. These people still rely upon and utilize the land and sea for food and for clothing. Barrow is the most populated and northernmost city of Alaska with a population of around 4,500.


 

Shot of Northern Lights from Aurora Borealis Viewing Fairbanks - Murphy Dome

Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun:

Due to the position of the Arctic Circle on the planet, summer is a time of abundant light; and on the night of the northern summer solstice, part of the sun may be seen above the horizon at midnight! Darkness is a treat in the Arctic, as well. As the sun starts setting again and the nights grow dark, depending on solar activity, the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis may light up the sky with breathtaking movement of color.


The Arctic Circle is a place of wonder, beauty and harshness that anyone is lucky to experience in a lifetime.

1st Alaska Tours offers tours to the Arctic Circle in Summer & Fall/Winter. Why not join us and experience the Arctic Circle for yourself?

error: Content is protected !!