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Who Here Has Been Inside The Arctic Circle?  
User currently offlineDeltaSFO From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2488 posts, RR: 21
Posted (12 years 8 months 11 hours ago) and read 2493 times:

Well, the question stands for itself. And no, flying over the arctic circle on an intercontinental flight does not count.

I have never been inside the Arctic Circle, but I really want to visit Northern Canada and Alaska. I understand it's incredibly desolate.

Maybe some of our Canuck or Scandinavian friends here have some experience with this.

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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 32
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 9 hours ago) and read 2487 times:


Grimsey Island, just north of Iceland. I didn't notice any difference though when I stepped over the line  Big grin.

Pretty similar to crossing the equator in fact, and at the time, the same temperature too!!!

User currently offlineNonrevman From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1326 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 9 hours ago) and read 2478 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.

User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 9 hours ago) and read 2468 times:

I certainly have.



User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3424 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 7 hours ago) and read 2458 times:

Many times Big grin... 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  Smokin cool


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User currently offlineMxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 32
Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 2 hours ago) and read 2434 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!

MxCtrlr  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months ago) and read 2426 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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User currently offlineBen From Switzerland, joined Aug 1999, 1391 posts, RR: 47
Reply 7, posted (12 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2421 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.

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30399 posts, RR: 57
Reply 8, posted (12 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2419 times:

Haven't been that far north myself. Believe it or not.

Closest I got was Central, Alaska, on the Steese Highway, which puts me about 35 miles south of the Arctic Circle.

User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2410 times:

I have!

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User currently offlineTNboy From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 1131 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (12 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2410 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.

"...every aircraft is subtly different.."
User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2403 times:

My ex-wife could be pretty cold at times. Very similiar to the Arctic I imagine. Does that count?  Big grin

User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 32
Reply 12, posted (12 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2401 times:

You know, KROC, I was just waiting for you to come up with a comment like that  Big grin

User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 9408 posts, RR: 39
Reply 13, posted (12 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2375 times:

KROC's ex sure doesn't compare to...

uh whoever, I'm too tired.

And yes, I've been north of it: Bodø to Kirkenes and back in spring of 2002, with northern lights and a very faint and weak midnight sun included.

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User currently offlineAloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4554 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (12 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2366 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.

Oh...wait.... Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineIamcanadian From Canada, joined May 2001, 734 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (12 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2358 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.

Shut up and calculate.
User currently offlineFallingeese From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2097 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (12 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2344 times:

I've been to Winnipeg, that is close enough for me in the winter!

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User currently offlineWestjet_737 From Canada, joined Nov 1999, 872 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (12 years 7 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2333 times:

Edmonton = The farthest north I will go not inside of a warm airplane...

Chris in YYC.

[Edited 2003-09-06 10:03:52]

User currently offlineCanyonBlue From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (12 years 7 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2301 times:

I have...... Rochester New York in January  Big thumbs up

Well, it feels like the Arctic Circle anyway!

User currently offlineKolobokman From Russia, joined Oct 2000, 1180 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (12 years 7 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2293 times:

I've been to Murmansk a few times. My fathers AA unit was stationed there-he stayed there for years!

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