The midnight sun is a phenomenon that occurs all or part of the time between the vernal equinox and autumnal equinox north of the Arctic Circle and between the autumnal equinox and the spring equinox south of the Antarctic Circle. In Northern Norway this means from around May 28 to ca Juli 15. Northern Norway is in other words lit up for up to three months, and is also is the easiest, safest, and most comfortable place to expereince midnight sun.
During the midnight sun period, the sun at its lowest position, during a single day, does not go below the horizon. Thus, if the cloud cover is not too extensive, the sun is visible 24 hours a day. Time with midnight sun increases with distance from the polar circle; in the direction towards the poles. It is greatest at the poles, where it is possible to see the sun for 6 months.
Light and Dark
The nature and climate in the north is full of contrast; dramatic and powerful. With the sweet often comes the sour, and in the areas that have midnight sun during the summer, it will be equivaly dark during the winter, with polar nights and very little light during the day. Because of this the people living in Northern Norway gets happier and more social during the summer, and sleep less hours. With the light comes extra energy. For those who are not used to the midnight sun, it can be a strange feeling that it never gets dark. Some visitors have trouble sleeping the first days. Blinders in front of the windows at night is key.
During the winter some people get depressed, and even go to light therapy, where they sit in front of a light to ensure they get their dose of missing daylight. But the dark winters offers spectacular light in the form of the Northern Lights, which is an attraction especially visible in and around the city of Tromsø.
If you want to experience the midnight sun, a good destination is beautiful Lofoten. Good places to go here are Utakleiv, Ramberg or on any mountaintop. Read more about what to do in Lofoten during the summer HERE.