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8. Rovaniemi (Finland)

The commercial center of Finland’s northernmost province, Lapland, Rovaniemi is inhabited by about 60,000 people. Located just 6 miles south of the Arctic Circle, Rovaniemi is famed for its unspoiled nature and plentiful recreation opportunities. The city hosts almost 500,000 visitors each year. The Northern Lights are a prominent attraction, since they’re visible for around 200 days per year (as opposed to a mere 20 days in southern Finland). In June and July, the city receives almost 300 hours of sunshine, and the temperature is between 16 and 20 degrees Celsius. Rovaniemi is also considered to be the hometown of Santa Claus. Santa Claus Village, an amusement park, is located just 8 kilometers northeast of the city, and the Arctic Circle cuts right through the village. The line demarcating 66 degrees north is a popular photograph spot for visitors.

Arctic Circle Rovaniemi Finland

7. Dawson (Canada)

Formally known as “Dawson City,” this settlement in Yukon, Canada, is legally a town, with almost 1,500 inhabitants. Dawson once served as Yukon’s capital city, until Whitehorse replaced it in 1952. Most famously, it was the epicenter of the Klondike Gold Rush in the late 1800s. After the goldrush ended, Dawson’s population dwindled. Many of the buildings still retain 19th-century features, and new constructions have to comply with strict visual requirements to maintain the town’s aesthetic. Dawson’s temperatures typically reach the low 20s in the summer. Dawson has inspired generations of writers and has preserved the homes of Robert W. Service, the Bard of the Yukon; Pierre Berton; and American novelist Jack London. There are 8 National Historic Sites of Canada located in the town, including the downtown core. The Downtown Hotel is known for its “Sourtoe Cocktail,” featuring the strange ingredient of a severed human toe!

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