Midnight sun

Midnight sun

Seasons to visit:

Summer

Photo: Carl-Johan Utsi

For the locals, it’s the most natural thing in the world. Those bright summer nights when the sun barely sets, keeping the Arctic illuminated 24/7. And in the same way, that same light is what makes life so close to the Arctic Circle quite extraordinary.

Imagine how much you’d be able to experience each day when night never falls. Because, why do things during the day, when you might as well do them at night? There aren’t many places in the world when such a question is legit. But in the Arctic, it is. To say that the arctic nights are magical is, of course, nothing less than stating the obvious. Nevertheless, it sure brings something extra to the table. Ask any local fisherman, musician or mountain biker. Cheesemaker, golfer or night swimmer. Hiker, trail runner or sauna fanatic. Or writer, for that matter.

Some say that the never-ending ray of lights transforms our berries, our fruit, and vegetables into superfood due to the constant daylight. Like they force nature to blossom while it can.

Some say we don’t need as much sleep in the summer. Some say that the never-ending ray of lights transforms our berries, our fruit, and vegetables into superfood due to the constant daylight. Like they force nature to blossom while it can. And some say, in the same sentence, it’s because of our long, dark winter nights that we, like nature, live summer life to the fullest. While we can. We don’t know if it’s true. But you know, nature has a funny way of creating balance.

An arctic summer is short and intense, lasting approximately 90 days. The midnight sun is a phenomenon that can only be experienced above the Arctic Circle, but does that mean that the nights in the rest of Swedish Lapland are dark? Not at all. Below the Arctic Circle, we call it the midnight light.

So, what does the midnight sun mean, what can you do with it? People living in the north sometimes get that question. The answer? It’s a simple one. You can do everything – whenever you feel like it.

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