In certain parts of the world, there are unique phenomena where the sun remains above the horizon for extended periods, exceeding 70 consecutive days without setting. This extraordinary occurrence can be both fascinating and bewildering even for local residents who find themselves in an environment where the concept of sunset becomes a rarity. Just imagine the challenge of keeping track of time when the sun is continuously shining for such prolonged durations.
Norway is renowned as the Land of the Midnight Sun. From May to late July, the sun remains perpetually above the horizon, resulting in a remarkable phenomenon where it never sets for approximately 76 days. In the region of Svalbard, Norway, the sun continuously shines from April 10 to August 23, making it the northernmost inhabited area in Europe.
From early May until late August, Sweden sees the sun setting around midnight and rising at around 4 AM in the country. Here, the time period of constant sunshine might last for up to six months of a year. So when here, one can spend long days by indulging in adventurous activities, by going out for golfing, fishing, exploring trekking trails, and much more.
Iceland is Europe’s largest island after Great Britain, and is also known for being the country that has no mosquitoes. During summers, nights are clear in Iceland, whereas during the month of June, the sun actually never sets. To see the Midnight Sun in its full glory, you can visit the city of Akureyri and Grimsey Island in the Arctic Circle.
From late May to late July, the sun actually does not set here, which is later compensated from the beginning of November for the next 30 days, which the sun does not rise, and is known as the polar night. This also means that the country remains in darkness during the harsh months of winter. Famed for snow-capped mountains and mesmerising glaciers, this place can be visited in either summers or winters.
Finland, known as the land of a thousand lakes and islands, witnesses only 73 days of direct sunlight during its summer season, while the rest of the year remains devoid of sunlight. This unique phenomenon contributes to a change in sleep patterns, with people sleeping less in the summer and more during the winter. Moreover, they can experience the extraordinary sensation of staying in glass igloos, offering a one-of-a-kind accommodation experience.