Why does the sun shine at 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 at 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 mountaintop or a beach by the vast 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)