Looking for information about when to travel to the Arctic, what kind of wildlife you might see, and how to find the best Arctic cruise for you? Our Arctic guide has everything you need to know. If you have specific questions about the Arctic region and travel, check out our Arctic FAQ, or contact the Polar Holidays team!
Depending on the experience you are looking for, you may choose between a few summer months to plan your Arctic cruise. Travel is possible during longer, lit summer days. Due to winter weather there is not travel service to the Arctic year round. Summer days can last between 18- 24 hours depending on the month which provide plenty of daylight for sight-seeing, wildlife viewing, and photography. Read more to learn about when to book your Arctic cruise.
Weather conditions are subject to change without notice, and temperatures can hover near freezing. The continuous daylight of the midnight sun will be warm in sheltered areas and you may find light attire such as t-shirts are occasionally adequate. You may likely encounter snow, fog, and white-outs during an expedition as well. Therefore, preparation for all weather types is recommended.
The amount of water and ice within the Arctic region is approximately 1/5th of the Earth’s water supply.
The climate has long and cold winters with some form of ice covering the area year-round. There is a short, cool summer which can exceed temperatures of 86 degrees Fahrenheit in the month of July. Some parts of the Arctic can reach -58 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter. That being said, the time of year is highly dependent on the temperatures one would expect.
All regions of the Arctic experience extremes of solar in both summer and winter. The arctic itself is mostly ocean that is somewhat encased by land. Therefore, the water drives the climate of the Arctic in that the ocean is never cooler than 28 degrees Fahrenheit. It is actually for this reason that Antarctica is colder than the Arctic in their respective winters.
Our guide to Arctic wildlife provides a regional analysis of which animals Arctic cruisegoers are likely to see. Each Arctic destination is home to a number of different species – including but not limited to polar bears, reindeer, and many birds.
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