Sarah Jane Laubscher
COME OUT INTO THE COLD!
Updated: Nov 29, 2018
Four Fantastic Arctic Travel Destinations to Soothe Your Inner Adventurer
If you are looking for a different way to spend your next vacation, you might want to look northward - to the Arctic islands. The Arctic region is renowned for its natural beauty, its abundant wildlife and its amazing sense of adventure.
Whether you long to go cross-country skiing across an unspoiled wilderness, explore magnificent glaciers that have been around since the last ice age or just do something out of the ordinary, you cannot go wrong with these amazing island destinations. Here are four of the most popular Arctic travel destinations to please your inner adventurer and soothe your traveling soul.
Located between the Norwegian coastline and the North Pole, this stunning archipelago is a true bucket list destination for any nature lover. Technically part of Norway, this Norwegian archipelago has a lot to offer, and there are plenty of reasons to spend your next vacation here.
The abundance of wildlife is one of the best things about Svalbard, and one of the biggest draws for eco-tourists and visitors around the globe. When you visit Svalbard, you will want to keep your camera, or your smartphone, handy, and keep watch for huge herds of reindeer, shy Arctic foxes and even the occasional polar bear.
In addition to its mammalian inhabitants, the islands of the Svalbard archipelago are a haven for birds of all shapes, sizes and colors. The sheer abundance and variety of bird life makes Svalbard a top birding destination, so be sure to pack your binoculars.
The island of Greenland is one of the best known of the Arctic islands, and one of the most popular with both tourists and adventure travelers. If you are looking for luxury accommodations and creature comforts, you can find wonderful hotels and resorts. If you are looking for more basic accommodations and a sense of adventure, you can find that as well.
This diversity makes Greenland a perfect travel destination for all kinds of visitors, and you can plan your own itinerary ahead of time and create your own adventure once you arrive. Like other Arctic islands, Greenland is a treat for all the senses, with abundant wildlife, spectacular scenery and an ever-changing display of nature at its finest. There are stunning glaciers, gigantic national parks, and even natural hot springs if the weather gets a bit too cold for comfort.
Beautiful Baffin Island
Baffin Island is located to the north of the Hudson Straight, a spectacularly beautiful stretch of water known for its natural splendor. The region is wonderfully remote, and when you visit you might think you are alone in the world. But do not despair; Baffin Island is also a popular travel destination, so you will have lots of company on your Arctic island adventure.
Baffin Island features an abundance of natural resources, but it is the region's natural beauty that draws adventurous travelers from around the world. The area is also home to some amazing wildlife, including polar bears and walruses. The region is also a whale watcher's dream - the surrounding seas are filled with beluga whales, bowhead whales and even the strange the unicorn-like creature called the narwhal. If you are looking for an island adventure set in the heart of the sea, you could not do better than beautiful Baffin Island.
Wonderful Wrangel Island
Located in the Arctic Ocean, Wrangel Island is one of the most remote destinations on our list, but that does not stop it from being a popular destination for adventure-minded visitors. If you are craving a unique travel experience, wonderful Wrangel Island could be the perfect choice.
Technically a part of Russia, remote Wrangel Island feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of Moscow, but there is something distinctly Russian about its stunning natural beauty. Wrangel Island is long and narrow, and its location near the Siberian coastline gives it an almost otherworldly appearance.
Lovers of nature and wildlife will be right at home on Wrangel Island - the number of birds, fish and wildlife found here is truly mindboggling. Wrangel Island is a stop for migratory birds, and a popular destination for intrepid birders. Visitors can also spot Arctic foxes and polar bears, in fact the island has the greatest density of denning polar bears in the world. There are new photo opportunities at every turn.
Not all travel destinations are the same, and not every tourist is looking for the same old thing. If you would rather hike the wilderness than fight the crowds, it is time to come into the cold and explore the stunning beauty of the Arctic islands. From Wrangel Island and Greenland to Svalbard and Baffin, these amazing travel destinations will delight you with an abundance of wildlife, stunning natural parks and unspoiled beauty everywhere you turn. So get out your bucket list, then start making your Arctic island travel reservations.