Santa Claus is the first that strikes your mind when a mention of the North is made, right? Yes, Santa is a big fact about the White North. That is as far as a large population of us knows about the incredible place. However, many more facts exist such as the place being a potential vacation destination.

Find more facts about the North Pole here.

1. Oil

Thought the North was barren? Well, you will be shocked to learn that about 30 percent of the world’s unexplored oil wells reside below the ice. 30 percent is actually on the lower side! The reserve remains intact because not much of the North has been explored. This has attracted many nations to claim ownership of the oil such as the U.S., Russia, Norway, Canada, and Denmark.

2. It Is Warmer than the South

In comparison, the North Pole in way more inhabitable than the South. As indicated, the lowest ever recorded temperature in the North was negative 46 degrees. In the South, this figure drops to a further negative 76 degrees below zero. This is because the South sits on the ice that in turn sits on the Antarctica: 9,000 feet above sea level. The North is advantaged by sitting on a thinner sheet of ice that is very close to sea level.

3. There are Animals

The thought of temperatures as low as negative 20 degrees is scary enough to think even of visiting the North. Interestingly, though, there are Inuit people that live In Alaska and North Canada. There are vast varieties of animals too: polar bears, Beluga Whales, Svalbard Reindeer, Arctic Fox, Orca and Humpback. The only animal you would expect to see there, but you will not, is the Penguin.

4. Seasons

Anyone would be wrong to assume that this place is always freezing-cold. In February, the North experiences its “winter”, that is, temperatures drop to well below negative 34 to 43 degrees! On the other hand, “summer” arrives around July when the temperatures attain at least 0 to 5 degrees Celsius. The primary seasons, however, range between light and dark. On average, they experience six months of total darkness and six of broad daylight.