Video: Crossing The Arctic Circle On Hurtigruten, Arctic Circle Cruises Growing In Popularity

Arctic Circle Marker
On the island of Vikingen, a monument marks the Arctic Circle in Norway. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

On Hurtigruten’s Trollfjord, we crossed the Arctic Circle during our winter voyage in February. Check out the video to watch Trollfjord motor past a monument on the island of Vikingen marking the Arctic Circle’s path through Norway.

Arctic Circle cruises, or cruises that take passengers above the Arctic Circle, are becoming increasingly popular year-round in Norway. During the summer months, Arctic Circle cruises are also offered in Greenland and Canada’s Northwest Passage.

The Arctic Circle represents the southernmost latitude in the Northern Hemisphere at which the sun can remain continuously above or below the horizon for 24 hours (at the June solstice and December solstice, respectively).

Interestingly, the position of the Arctic Circle is not fixed, but dependent on the Earth’s axial tilt, which fluctuates within a margin of 2° during a 40,000 year period. The Arctic Circle is currently drifting northward at a rate of about 15 meters (49 feet) per year, meaning that the marker on the Norwegian island of Vikingen probably needs to be pulled up and moved.

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