Cheap Flights to Arctic Region (Europe)

The Arctic Circle is your spot for adventure, discovery and breathtaking views. A handful of airports in Europe can serve as your jumping-off point to begin your journey into the North. Rovaniemi Airport in Finland just brushes the Arctic Circle. Tromsø Airport is located outside the largest city in Northern Norway. Svalbard Airport, located on the island of Svalbard, Norway, is perhaps the closest you can get to the Arctic, being the northernmost passenger airport in the world.

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Best time to book a flight to Arctic Region

Travel to the Arctic depends greatly on the location of the sun in the sky. Owing to its far northern latitude, the summer months see the advent of a ‘Midnight Summer’ in which the sun never descends the horizon. June, the beginning of the season, are a great time to spot hunting polar bears and returning migratory birds. July to September boast blooming flowers and a plethora of distinctive northern birds. The darker period from October to May is generally off-limits for much travel due to choppy seas full of dangerous floating ice.

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Airlines that fly to Arctic Region

There are severalairlines that fly to Arctic-based airports:

  • Thomas Cook Airlines and Norwegian Air Shuttle make stops at Rovaniemi, Tromsø and Svalbard airports.
  • Scandinavian Airlines stops at both Tromsø and Svalbard airports.
  • Finnair stops between Rovaniemi Airport Helsinki.
  • Lufthansa travels between Tromsø Airport and Frankfurt.
  • Swiss International Air Lines has a route between Svalbard Airport and Zürich.

What to expect when arriving at the airport

Rovaniemi Airport has a multiplicity of bus services that travel to the main bus and train stations in Rovaniemi and also to nearby resorts and attractions. There are also several car rental companies located throughout the airport.

Airport bus routes 40 and 42 can take you into the city of Tromsø. There is also an airport express coach that travels between the airport, city and University of Tromsø grounds. Car rentals in this airport can be found on the first floor near the check-in area.

Svalbard Airport offers taxi service that can take you into nearby Longyearbyen in about 5 minutes. Here you can rent a car through Arctic Autorent.

Facilities at the airport

Svalbard Airport is small and in a remote area and thus has little in the way of amenities, although it does boast free Wi-Fi. Tromsø Airport is a little larger with several options for dining and duty-free shopping. Rovaniemi Airport is larger still, offering cafes, gift shops and even a Santa Claus Post Office where you can have a letter stamped with a unique postmark.

What to see and do in Arctic Region

Rovaniemi has a number of attractions. The most famous of these is the Santa Claus Village, where travelers from all over the world come to visit the its eponymous main resident. There are also several holiday and ski resorts a close distance from the airport.

Tromsø, located on the island of Tromsøya and its surroundings north of the Arctic Circle, features a botanical garden, planetarium and beautiful mountains and fjords. In the winter you can see the Northern Lights in the sky.

Svalbard is an archipelago about as far north as you can get, halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole. Here you can get a close-up view of stunning glaciers and view unspoiled Arctic wilderness during the Midnight Summer.

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