If you’ve never been north of 60, as in the 60th paralell, which demarcates the Arctic circle, it’s really a trip worth taking. Yes, it’s expensive. No, you you’re not going for the cuisine or the shopping or the nightlife — beyond the astonishing Northern lights. I was very fortunate and was sent that far north on a story for the Montreal Gazette and flew — more than six hours north of Montreal — to a village called Salluit, pop. 500. The locals came out in full force to meet our tiny airplane, which landed on ice and snow. I have only once seen a place of such eerie and simple beauty, (the Grand Canyon), where the subtle shifts in light that happen every minute of the day are as obvious; when all you have is white, it takes on a hundred shades and tones.
If you’re an adventure traveler and love to scuba dive — try the Arctic.