The Arctic Circle is one of the most amazing destinations on Earth and a must see for travel enthusiasts. The easiest access point from the US is Alaska because no passport or knowledge of a foreign language is required. The Far North region of Alaska is along the Arctic Circle and boasts the most spectacular scenic journeys.
Here are a few tips to help you get the most from your Arctic Vacation in Alaska.
1. Explore the Arctic with a reputable tour company. You will have the best experience with those who are most knowledgeable about the area. The guides who are employed by tour companies are locals who know the area best. The Arctic can be very adventurous terrain and if you do not know the ins and outs of the land, you could wind up in an undesirable situation.
2. Dress in layers. Layers are the most important factor to being comfortable in the Arctic. The most important layer being thermal underwear. Wear additional layers of t-shirts, a sweater and a wind resistant jacket as well as wind resistant pants. You will want to bring a heavy jacket because the average temperature during the summer months in the Far North Region of Alaska, The Arctic Zone, is 20ᵒ F. Rubber soled; waterproof footwear is a must for this destination.
3. Bring your binoculars. This region of the world is full of wildlife and some of which you will not be able to capture seeing with your eyes alone. You will need binoculars for spotting some of the shy creatures such as the Arctic Fox and you won’t want to miss the herds of the caribou as they trek through and migrate North.
4. Travel during the summer months of May – August. Although this is the time of year in Alaska and the Arctic Circle that is predominantly daylight, the temperatures of the Far North area of Alaska in the winter months can drop -20ᵒ F and unless you acclimate well to frigid climate, it will not be a very pleasant experience. The organized tours do not operate outside the summer months in this area due to the harsh weather.
5. Be flexible with your time. The weather can restrict tours and if you are able to be flexible with your dates while you are traveling you will find a much more enjoyable adventure.
There are always back up tours available such as Arctic Circle Helicopter Tours or The Gates of the Arctic which are highly recommended. Both of these tours give you the most bang for your buck.