Norway: The Land of the Midnight Sun

Norway The Land of the Midnight Sun

It’s tempting to wonder about all the sights and experiences that have been made under the midnight sun through the ages – by people living off the sea at the Lofoten and Vesterålen archipelagos, or the Sami reindeer herders of the far north.

The earth is rotating at a tilted axis relative to the sun, and during the summer months the North Pole is angled towards our star. That’s why, for several weeks, the sun never sets above the Arctic Circle.

Going there, you can live these moments yourself: Doing a whale safari, or exploring the wilderness inland, takes on a new dimension at night in the summer months, when you literally get to see the nature and wildlife in a different light. If you’re not afraid of the sometimes chilly summer nights in the north, you could try a midnight swim – or you can pitch your tent in the wild and stay up while the sun doesn’t go down. Many sights and activities are open at night during these weeks, so you can do midnight golfing, cycling, river paddling or sea kayaking, or maybe just find a quiet spot to fish.

If you travel to the arctic islands of Svalbard, the sun doesn’t set between April and late August. Here you can do a midnight walk on a glacier or look at the reddish sky from a moving dogsled, experiencing the unique climate and nature near the North Pole.

The phenomena of midnight sun has at least made a lasting impression on several Norwegian artists and writers. This excerpt is from Knut Hamsuns Pan (1894): “Night was coming on again; the sun just dipped into the sea and rose again, red, refreshed, as if it had been down to drink. I could feel more strangely on those nights than anyone would believe”

Approximate dates when you can see the midnight sun:-

Where When
The Arctic Circle 12 June – 1 July
Bodø 4 June – 8 July
Svolvær 28 May – 14 July
Harstad 25 May – 18 July
Bardufoss 23 May – 19 July
Andendes 22 May – 21 July
Tromsø 20 May – 22 July
Bossekopp 19 May – 24 July
Vardø 17 May – 26 July
Hammerfest 16 May – 27 July
Berlevåg  15 May – 28 July
The North Cape 14 May – 29 July
Longyearbyen 20 April – 22 August

Here’s a guide on things to know before you visit Norway.

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