They thrive in freezing temperatures all year round – and yet, for many people, the animals that call north of the Arctic Circle home epitomize the winter season.
From the polar bear to the baby Harp seal – which only keeps its furry white coat for 12 days of its infancy – these cute creatures are as magical as the snowy landscapes in which they reside.
So come with us now on a tour of Sweden, Finland, Alaska and beyond, on the gorgeous wintery animal trail….
1 A deliriously happy Harp seal
3 An snowy owl in majestic flight – and still with eyes to camera! That’s talent.
4 Guys, give it up – you’ll never be as handsome as this Swedish wolf. Sorry.
6 A rambling reindeer
7 An affectionate pair of polar bears
8 The Banded Woolly Bear Caterpillar – they freeze solid before transforming into the Isabella Tiger Moth
9 Another baby Harp seal that has no idea what’s going on
10 More handsome wolves
11 An Arctic hare – they don’t hibernate, FYI
12 And finally a smizing Arctic fox. Looks toasty.
Picture credits: imagebank.sweden.se, Jörgen Wiklund (reindeer), Folio (moose), Mikko Nikkinen (wolves).