Straight Shot to the Arctic Circle

Name all the countries in the world that are either inside the Arctic Circle, or can reach it by sailing due north and not hitting any other country on the way.
We start at the Prime Meridian and move eastward, but each country is shown only once
Includes overseas territories, regions, etc...
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Last updated: April 1, 2019
First submittedMarch 30, 2019
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Inside?
Country
 
United Kingdom
 
France
 
Belgium
 
Netherlands
Norway
Sweden
Finland
Russia
United States
Inside?
Country
Canada
Denmark (Greenland)
 
Brazil
Iceland
 
Portugal (Azores)
 
Cape Verde
 
Spain (Canary Islands)
 
Morocco
 
Ireland
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Level ∞
Apr 1, 2019
This quiz should now be correct. I changed it from Arctic Ocean to Arctic Circle since there are different definitions of what constitutes the Arctic Ocean. Some notes:
  • There is no space between Alaska and Russia that is not blocked by St. Lawrence Island
  • Senegal is blocked by Morocco and Iceland
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Level 57
Apr 1, 2019
No, Senegal is not blocked by Morocco. The western coast of Dakar is at -17.527W, while that of Morocco is -17.109W, which makes Senegal a 0.4W slip off. But it is still blocked by Iceland.
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Level ∞
Apr 1, 2019
Correction. Senegal is blocked by Iceland, Morocco, and Mauritania.
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Level 81
Apr 2, 2019
I keep taking this one after I reset to 0. Interesting to see the updates.
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Level 65
Apr 10, 2019
+1 for explanations! After the quiz I had two questions, and both of them are answered in the first comment! This should become a thing. #Learning
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Level 39
Jul 3, 2020
Me too. I couldn't understand how Sweden could be an answer, and then it pointed out that it's the Arctic circle... duh!
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Level 72
Apr 1, 2019
Nice! Thank you for the little update.
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Level 77
Apr 1, 2019
Cool, next you should update it so it's all countries with a straight shot or are in the Arctic Circle, and also former territories of countries with a straight shot or in the Arctic Circle.
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Level 81
Apr 2, 2019
Have at it.
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Level 57
Apr 1, 2019
How about Brazil? It should hit the Arctic Circle in the easternmost side
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Level ∞
Apr 1, 2019
Crap. Looks like you are right. There are some offshore islands that have a straight shot to the Arctic Circle between Greenland and Iceland.
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Level 73
Apr 2, 2019
Fun quiz.
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Level 73
Apr 2, 2019
What purpose does the "Inside?" box serve?
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Level 76
Apr 2, 2019
Presumably it's showing which countries actually have land inside the Arctic Circle.
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Level 64
Apr 2, 2019
And to include Finland.
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Level 62
Jul 4, 2019
and Sweden
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Level 82
Apr 2, 2019
Oh crap. Somehow thought you still needed ocean access and just having land inside the Arctic Circle wasn't enough.
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Level 67
Apr 2, 2019
Nice quiz :) i need to brush up on my countries again, couldnt think of capo verde
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Level 32
Apr 2, 2019
Yes! Finished it with 52 seconds left!
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Level 52
Apr 13, 2020
Got it with 58 secs left on first try!
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Level 55
Apr 2, 2019
Cant any Pacific country e.g. Kiribati get up between Alaska and Russia?
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Level 36
Apr 2, 2019
Unalaska Island and St Lawrence Island would block those countries.
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Level 80
Apr 2, 2019
yeah, nope. There's not much space at all and no clear path between the USA and Russia so the Pacific Ocean is totally shut out.
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Level 60
Apr 3, 2019
Good Update!
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Level 37
Jul 4, 2019
You should write "USA (Alaska)" if you wrote my Canary Islands like that too.
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Level 60
Jul 4, 2019
I guess yeah, I'd understand if it was an overseas territory (such as Greenland) - But both Alaska & the Canaries ARE USA & Spain, not overseas regions, so yeah either both or none!
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Level 60
Jul 4, 2019
Don't the Faroe Islands also reach it themselves? So the Denmark answer should read (Greenland & Faroe Islands)? Correct me if I'm wrong..
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Level 45
Jul 5, 2019
Shouldn't Kiribati be in there?
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Level 52
Apr 13, 2020
The Pacific is completely blocked by random islands between Russia and Alaska.
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Level 47
Sep 15, 2020
Iceland isn't in the Arctic Circle