Nonrevman From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1289 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1398 times:
I went to Barrow, Alaska last February as part of a trip to see the Northern Lights. Barrow was overcast, but Fairbanks was not thank goodness. It is absolutely desolate up there at the geographical top of Alaska. No trees grow there. Houses are literally up on stilts so that the ambient heat of the homes does not cause them to sink through the permafrost. Because Barrow is on the Arctic Ocean, it is flat, and there are no trees, there is nothing to stop that wind, and it is fierce. I dont see how the natives could live up there before electricity was invented. It was very fascinating to visit and see what life was like up there, if only for a day and a night--or should I say mostly night. We did see a polar bear out near the point. Naturally, everything is expensive because things must be flown in or sent on a barge which has access to the town for only one month.
For the adventurous and curious, I would recommend a trip there. However, it is not for everyone.
CanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3377 posts, RR: 9 Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1378 times:
Many times ... been to a handfull of communitys above the arctic circle in Canada's Northwest Territorys and Nunavut.. Crossing the circle dont seem like such a big deal to me... cross it every other year
MxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 37 Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1354 times:
I went to Nome and Kotzebue on a vacation one year. Strange thing not having the sun set! A very barren and desolate place but ideal for northern bird watching (during the summertime). I'd actually love to go again and take my kids with me to experience it!
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USAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53 Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1346 times:
I have always wanted to go to the Canadian/Alaskan/Greenland Arctic as well...for some reason that region of the world just fascinates me...sadly the furthest north Ive been is just north of Edinburgh, Scotland so Ive got a ways to go Im afraid...
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Ben From Switzerland, joined Aug 1999, 1391 posts, RR: 51 Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1341 times:
I have been to Murmansk in Russia, and Hammerfest and Tromso in Norway.
The trip to Hammerfest was pure chance because it happend on one of my "random" trips. It started at 06:00 on a Saturday morning at LHR with me asking at the SAS counter: "Where can you send me today?". I was soon enroute to Oslo (MD-80). When I got there I asked at the Braathens desk where they too wanted to send me... ended up in Tromso (above the arctic circle already) in a 737-700, then spoke to a nice Wideroe check-in agent who said Hammerfest was nice at that time of year. One hour later I was landing in a Dash-8 on the side of a mountain(!) That is an unforgettable landing.. Hammerfest is bleak! It was only a half-mile walk into town.
Landing in Murmansk (Aeroflot Tu-154) was in IMC down to a few hundred feet so I didnt get to see the surrounding area from the air, but I got a great view in Norway.
There is very little vegetation. Most of it is what I know as "scrub".. small stunted trees and grasses. Lots of rocks and shale. Grey!
One very interesting point for photography is that when it is sunny, the quality of the light is fantastic. Amongst the greyness, any spot of colour is greatly enhanced. The sky is blue blue blue... right down to the horizon. Something you rarely see further south in Europe.
The arctic is an interesting place. I would recommend it to anyone.
TNboy From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 1131 posts, RR: 20 Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1330 times:
Yes. Frobisher Bay on Baffin Island. Pan Am used it as a refuelling stop on transatlantic flights from the west coast to London in the 707 days. Not a lot there, other than snow and military aircraft. But a fascinating break on a long flight, especially as there was only remote parking, and there was a long and cool walk to the shed - errr - terminal.
Aloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4423 posts, RR: 16 Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1286 times:
Yes, I've eaten at Arctic Circle many times. Their hamburgers are disgusting. The only good food on their menu is the chicken sandwiches and chicken strips, the fish is okay but sometimes it's not cooked all the way.
They have the best milkshakes and malts though, with a nilla wafer dropped inside, but since I'm on a carb free diet I dont enjoy those anymore.
Iamcanadian From Canada, joined May 2001, 734 posts, RR: 1 Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 months 3 days ago) and read 1278 times:
I'm not bragging or anything, but i've probably been in the arctic circle longer than most people in canada (besides the people who have actually set up a life there and all), but overall, i lived in the arctic circle (specifically Northern NWT) for 7 years while my dad had a job with a chain of grocery stores (an affiliate of the Hudson Bay Company called Northern). It was actually quite an incredible experience if i do say so myself.