Why does the sun shine during the midnight? How can I see the midnight sun? These are the top places to experience the midnight sun in all its glory!

Why does the sun shine during the midnight?

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.

Photo: Trygve Sunde Kolderup

How can I see it?

The average tourist visiting Norway usually go to the North Cape to experience the midnight sun. If you travel with people who have local knowledge, it is possible to experience the midnight sun in the magnificent natural scenery. Nothing is better than experiencing the midnight sun on a mountain top or on a beach by the enormous sea while enjoying some local food. 


Photo: Matti Bernitz

Places to see the midnight sun:

Helgeland (12 June - 1 July)

Lofoten (28 May - 14 July)

Tromsø (20 May - 22 July)

North Cape (16 May - 27 July)

Longyearbyen, Svalbard (20 April - 22 August)

Hvitserk of Norway arranges hiking, trekking, cycling, walking, kayaking and other active holidays in the best areas for experiencing the midnight sun. You can experience the midnight sun in July on the beautiful hiking destination in Lofoten. You can also experience the midnight sun along the Arctic Norwegian coastline when we visit some hidden treasures in Tromsø, Lofoten, and Helgeland when sailing with the coastal steamer Hurtigruten.