Best time to visit Arctic Circle
The best time for travel to the Arctic Circle depends mostly on the country you are interested in visiting and the experiences you are after. Find out more about weather conditions in Greenland, temperatures in Svalbard and when the best time to spot a polar bear is.
Arctic average temperatures by month
|January||-7°C (19 °F)||-13°C (8 °F)||-26°C (-14 °F)||-7°C (19 °F)||-11°C (12 °F)|
|February||-7°C (19 °F)||-13°C (8 °F)||-24°C (-11 °F)||-7°C (19 °F)||-11°C (12 °F)|
|March||-8°C (17 °F)||-13°C (8 °F)||-19°C (-2 °F)||-2°C (28 °F)||-6°C (21 °F)|
|April||-3°C (26 °F)||-9°C (15 °F)||-9°C (15 °F)||3°C (37 °F)||-1°C (30 °F)|
|May||0°C (32 °F)||-3°C (26 °F)||-1°C (30 °F)||9°C (49 °F)||6°C (43 °F)|
|June||3°C (37 °F)||3°C (37 °F)||6°C (43 °F)||13°C (55 °F)||12°C (54 °F)|
|July||6°C (43 °F)||7°C (45 °F)||12°C (54 °F)||15°C (59 °F)||15°C (59 °F)|
|August||6°C (43 °F)||6°C (43 °F)||11°C (51 °F)||14°C (57 °F)||12°C (54 °F)|
|September||3°C (37 °F)||1°C (34 °F)||5°C (41 °F)||10°C (50 °F)||6°C (43 °F)|
|October||0°C (32 °F)||-4°C (25 °F)||-1°C (30 °F)||2°C (38 °F)||0°C (32 °F)|
|November||-3°C (26 °F)||-8°C (17 °F)||-12°C (10 °F)||-6°C (21 °F)||-6°C (21 °F)|
|December||-6°C (21 °F)||-11°C (12 °F)||-22°C (-8 °F)||-8°C (17 °F)||-7°C (19 °F)|
When to visit Svalbard
Summer in Svalbard
Svalbard's summers are from May to September. Longer days and pleasant temperatures make it perfect for hiking, snowmobile tours, or dog sledding. It’s also the only time when you can discover Svalbard on a ship, as the melting ice makes the area accessible for vessels. Summer is also a peak season for spotting wildlife, including polar bears, the king of the Arctic animal kingdom. Travellers can also experience the midnight sun, as Svalbard enjoys up to 24-hours of sunlight during summer months!
Spring and autumn in Svalbard
Spring and autumn are not clearly defined in Svalbard. Mid-August to end of September is typically considered a transition period before winter time and still a good time to visit Svalbard and enjoy popular activities.
Winter in Svalbard
Between November and February Svalbard is frozen and not accessible for polar cruises. Return of the polar night is a prime time to observe the northern lights; however, the freezing temperatures and darkness are not suitable for other activities.
When to visit Alaska
Alaska in summer
Summer in Alaska blooms with colour and is the preferred season for visiting. The peak season begins in mid-May and continues until mid-September with June being the busiest month. With warmer temperatures and up to 24 hours of sunlight, tourists can explore the region by boat, plane or train. The most popular activities include hiking, river rafting, and kayaking.
Alaska in winter
From November through March, Alaska becomes a winter wonderland; the perfect destination for all winter sports enthusiasts. Skiing, dog sledding, and watching the northern lights are some of the highlights of this season in Alaska.
When and where to see polar bears
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