Destinations with latitude - Food and Travel
Head north to the lands of the midnight sun where you can experience the longest summer days on the planet. This alternative summer holiday feature appeals to the trend of adventure travel, while the subject matter guarantees strong vocal appeal. Read the full story here or get a sense of it from the excerpts below.
We’re not going to beat around the bush – getting to the Arctic can be difficult, time-consuming and expensive. And that is precisely why you’re likely to have the world’s greatest wilderness to yourself when you are there.
The real draw is the wildlife, which is particularly active at this time of year. Thanks to 24-hour daylight, you’ll see polar bears hunting seals and Arctic foxes stalking the tundra round the clock.
What could be more thrilling than standing on deck with Alaskan breezes blowing the smell of the Arctic through your hair as glaciers shift and fragment all round you? Doing the same thing in the middle of the night with the sun turning the ice ghostly pink is a good place to start.
Iceland could have been designed for landscape photography. It really does have it all – steaming volcanic craters in the Myvatn Basin, glacial lagoons with black sand beaches and tiny islands colonised by nesting puffins. In June the sun floats above the horizon throughout the night, which means that the elusive golden glow of sunset lasts for hours. It’s a fool-proof recipe for spectacular photographs.
Our fantasy road trip has lots in common with a modern day version of a Jack Kerouac novel: we picture windows rolled down, music turned up and the boundless freedom of the open road. Driving through some of Alaska’s most magnificent landscapes under the orange glow of the midnight sun ups the romanticism still further.
Deep in Swedish Lapland, the King’s Trail is one of the world’s most revered hiking routes. About 200km north of the Arctic Circle, it is one of the last wild frontiers in Europe. Sami communities live in the birch forests, fish eagles soar over Abiskojaure Lake and in June you’ll spot reindeer cooling themselves in the remnants of last winter’s snow in Tjaktjajakka Valley.