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6 Arctic Myths That Need To Be Debunked

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Imagine a place where the sun doesn’t set for at least one day of the year and a day when the sun never rises; that’s the Arctic for you! An ice paradise, which is home to Inuit, polar bears, seals, whales and other mammals.

It is a place that unlocks the mystery of creation and echoes the charm and endless beauty of life. Yet there aren’t many who know fact from fiction when it comes to the northernmost region of the planet. And though they say myths die hard, we’ll start by debunking a few of them…

The icy paradise, Arctic is simply wondrous!

The icy paradise, Arctic is simply wondrous!

Myth #1. The Arctic Is A Country/City

First of all, the Arctic is not a continent. You’re confusing it with Antarctica! And secondly, it is neither a country nor a city.

The Arctic is a region that is shared by eight countries – Canada, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Russia, the United States (Alaska), Iceland and Denmark (Greenland).

The Arctic region is shared by eight countries!

The Arctic region is shared by eight countries!

Myth #2. Snow And Ice All The Time

When someone says Arctic, an image of a snow-covered region pops up in our head! Well, this is only partially true, because you’d be surprised to know that the Arctic is NOT covered in ice round the year.

The region has warm weather for four months. In fact, during the summers, it is almost impossible to find any snow in the Arctic, and there are days when the sun is still up and shining bright at 1 AM!

The beautiful midnight sun in the Arctic region!

The beautiful midnight sun in the Arctic region!

Myth #3. The Arctic Is Uninhabited

Unlike popular perception, this frosty wonderland is home to about 40 lakh people! Also, the Arctic is governed by a jurisdiction formed by the same eight countries mentioned before.

So yes, you can go live with the Polar Bears 🙂

The Inuit have turned the freezing Arctic into a warm home for themselves.

The Inuit have turned the freezing Arctic into a warm home for themselves.

Myth #4. The Arctic Has Enough Natural Resources To Be Used For Development

The Arctic region has a number of challenges when it comes to economics, infrastructure and the environment. And it’s not surprising, because the Arctic is hidden under snow for most of the year making development difficult.

You think if it was possible to build skyscrapers in this region, the humans wouldn’t have done it already? HA!

Colourful, quaint and cosy - who wouldn't want to live in these pretty homes?

Colourful, quaint and cosy – who wouldn’t want to live in these pretty homes?

Myth #5. There Are No Plants/Trees In The Arctic

It may not be green, of course, but several trees and plants can be found in the Arctic, including larch, fir, spruce and firewood. Though, beyond a point, also known as the treeline, these plants find it hard to survive in the harsh weather conditions. While the snow rules the land, the Arctic is not a barren region!

Spruce trees stand tall under the Northern Lights in the Arctic.

Spruce trees stand tall under the Northern Lights in the Arctic.

Myth #6. Penguins Live In The Arctic

Nope, polar bears and penguins are never found together! And polar bears definitely do not eat penguins. Reason? Because, penguins don’t live in the Arctic, they live in Antarctica!

Looks like the fluffy polar bear is happy with a full tummy!

Looks like the fluffy polar bear is happy with a full tummy!

Actually, you might not know it, but polar bears devour seals. Yes, those cute, big eyed mammal makes for a hearty meal. Chew on that!

Seals on the menu? Yes, for polar bears!

Seals on the menu? Yes, for polar bears!

These were just a few of the myths (and clarifications) surrounding the Arctic region. Do you have more questions or did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below!

Interested in exploring the Arctic or seeing the brilliant Northern Lights? Book the Norwegian Fjords & Arctic Discovery cruise now! Call 1800 123 6898 or write to us @ adventure@trip360.com

 

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Khushboo Sikawat

Lost in the books of CA, Khushboo always wondered how it would be like to travel and write for a living; for after all, she wasn't a number person. Finally, she decided to make her dream a reality! A travel writer now, she finds adventure in exploring new places and encountering different cultures. Apart from that, she also loves binge-watching animated films and reading books :D You can follow her on Instagram @BeingBoo

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