The Midnight Sun
Caused by the tilt in the world’s axis which makes the North Pole face towards the sun in the summer, the Midnight Sun essentially is when the sun does not set below the horizon, causing 24 hours of daylight. Within the Arctic Circle, this natural occurrence is visible from around the 12th June to 1st July, with a greater date range the further north you travel. The Svalbard Archipelago, the northernmost inhabited region of Europe, does not experience a sunset from around 19 April to 23rd August.
The effect of the Midnight Sun is, of course, longer days, which people in this region take full advantage of with festivals, barbeques and summer activities such as kayaking and hiking. It is said that those who inhabit these regions have more energy during the months of the Midnight Sun and can take the time to appreciate the evenings filled with warm light and long shadows.
A benefit of the Midnight Sun is that it makes even the most remote regions greener, giving the flora and fauna an energy boost, which leads to a growth of delicious fruits such as cloudberries and lingonberries.
We offer several dedicated Midnight Sun trips which take full advantage of the natural occurrence of the Midnight Sun and offer a variety of activities throughout the evenings so that you can watch the sun dip along the horizon before rising again.