Why you should visit the Arctic Circle (and drop in on the world’s largest sauna!)
Head north for a unique and rewarding holiday experience
With stunning scenery, unique wildlife, and amazing natural phenomena, the Arctic Circle is a fantastic destination for your next holiday
When you think about holiday destinations, the Arctic Circle doesn’t immediately spring to mind. However, while it may not be the obvious choice, the Arctic Circle actually has a lot to offer as a holiday destination. If it’s the cold weather that is putting you off, the opening of a new super sauna could be just the thing to change your mind.
In July of this year, the world’s largest public sauna opened in the Arctic Circle. Located on the mountainous island of Sandhornoya in Northern Norway, the glass fronted structure is built in the style of an amphitheatre and can house up to 100 people.
With panoramic views of the Arctic sea and stunning island landscape, soothing music, and even a bar, it’s the perfect, if slightly unusual, place to sit back, relax and detox.
The sauna itself forms part of SALT, an arts and music festival, which was set up to increase awareness of the local landscape, culture and history, and explore how the region’s future may be affected by environmental changes.
As well as the sauna, other structures on site include a restaurant, an auditorium holding up to 1,000 people for live performances and club nights, a gallery space, bar and even mobile homes so that revellers can stay on the beach.
However, while a super sauna with its own festival sounds like bliss, particularly in the freezing temperatures of the Arctic, it’s not the only thing the region has to offer.
Experience the wildlife
If wildlife and nature is your thing then a visit to the Arctic will leave you spoilt for choice. As well as stunning landscapes, you have the opportunity to spot a wide array of wildlife, much of which you will not see anywhere else in the world. Whales, sea eagles, walruses, reindeer and polar bears are all indigenous to this region, and with many companies running wildlife safaris you are almost certain to encounter a creature or two. Do bear in mind that traveling to remote destinations can offer more risks so make sure you have single trip travel insurance that covers you for all eventualities
See the Northern Lights
One of the things the Arctic is best known for is the Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights as they are more commonly known. This amazing natural phenomenon attracts many visitors each year and Arctic Norway is one of the best places to experience the light show. Your best opportunity to view the Northern Lights is in late autumn, winter and early spring as this is when the days are shortest.
Bask in the midnight sun
If short days and long nights are not for you, perhaps you would prefer to experience the ‘midnight sun’. This is a natural occurrence that can be observed anywhere above the Arctic Circle. During the summer months the sun does not set at all, meaning that it is continuously light. The duration of the midnight sun season depends on how far north you go. In the North Pole, the sun doesn’t set for six months!
Escape to the city
If the thought of all that wilderness has you yearning for civilisation why not consider combining your trip to the Arctic Circle with a few days in Norway? Tromsø, known as the ‘Capital of the Arctic’ is a beautiful city on mainland Norway, surrounded by stunning scenery with a lively and vibrant cultural scene.
Despite its somewhat bleak image, the Arctic Circle actually offers up a really rich holidaying experience. Whether you prefer relaxing in a beach-side sauna, whale watching or chasing the Northern Lights, it’s sure to be a unique experience.
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