Weather and Seasons in The Arctic

The weather in The Arctic changes vastly, depending on the time of year that you visit.

During the early summer (Late May-June), the sea ice begins to retreat, making visiting Inuit communities more practical. It is also the time of year when wildlife begins to really flourish, with more than two hundred local species of flower blooming at this time.

July is considered high summer in the Arctic, and supplies the local regions with midnight sun, and nearly constant daylight. This is also the key time for large whale populations to feed (most notably bowhead and belugas) as well as a time of year which boasts lots of polar bear activity. In Canada and Greenland, large glaciers and icebergs are at their most majestic, and provide the picturesque landscapes that are exemplary of The Arctic.

The late summer (August - September) boasts the incredible raw beauty of the Aurora Borealis in the higher northern latitudes which are available to visit. At the same time, Greenlandic tundra paints itself autumnal, with crisp browns and mustard yellows scattering the scene. The short absence of ice makes travelling through the historic Northwest Passage possible, and allows us to imagine the trials that Franklin and Parry must have endured during their pioneering expeditions.

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