By Katia Hetter, CNN
Standing at the top of the world, skis sliding on the shifting ice: Reaching the North Pole is the trip of a lifetime for some daring adventurers.
Does it sound too cold and scary to you, or maybe like too much work?
Don’t give up on the Arctic Circle. The northern pinnacle is just one spot to explore in the Land of the Midnight Sun.
The Arctic Circle is made up of the area above the circle of latitude of 66°33′ N, encompassing parts of eight countries. The sun doesn’t set here for at least one day in the summer, with many more days of midnight sun the closer you get to the North Pole.
Across the region, you can search for the aurora borealis, see polar bears hunting their prey, or dogsled and ski along remote, frozen expanses before soaking your weary bones in natural hot springs.