The season with the midnight light is around 100 days long. You play golf in the middle of the night. You take a swim when you feel like it and those who have never experienced the midnight light before wonder how they’ll ever manage to sleep. But then you make your mind up not to worry about sleep and decide it’s time for further adventures — even more summer.

You can see the midnight sun in summer in nearly all of Swedish Lapland. Midnight sun means that you can see the centre of the sun when it’s local midnight. At midsummer, you can see the midnight sun south of the Arctic circle as well because of the way the atmosphere refracts the light. But even if you can’t see the sun, you can see the light. And there’s plenty to do when you have daylight all day and all night.

1. Music festivals

Summer is festival season and festival season is summer. They go hand in hand. Within the destination Swedish Lapland, festivals are organised everywhere throughout summer. Classics such as the Kiruna Festival and PDOL are combined with events like the Saltofolk, a folk music festival with a magical backdrop in roadless land in Saltoluokta. Have a chat with the local tourist office to get an update about events at the destination you’re at.

Music and midnight light. Photo: Ted Logardt

2. Tee time in the night

To play this course in the middle of the night, in summer, certainly is something out of the ordinary. Try it yourself at the golf courses in Kiruna, Gällivare or Boden/Sävast.

3. Go on a luxury cruise

On Saturdays, in July you can go on a midnight cruise from Piteå to Luleå. The boat departs at 22:15 and arrives in Luleå at 02:00. Don’t worry about the midnight snack, it’s included in the price. Other evening cruises include the classic prawn cruises and the Wednesday cruise to Brändöskär.

4. Over the horizon

The Bothnian Bay archipelago is every paddler’s dream. You can paddle 24/7 for one hundred days.

Island life in the summer. Photo: Andy Anderson

5. Bear spotting in the midnight sun

From the safety of a log-cabin hide, you nestle in as the night approaches. In the golden light of the midnight sun, the forest comes to life before your eyes. Foxes, golden eagles, racoon dogs, badgers and marten are regular visitors outside the hide. And this particular spot is also ideal for encounters with the majestic brown bear. To meet this giant is its natural habitat is truly a memory for life.

6. Saddle up

If you are looking for a hidden gem, Ofelas in the Kiruna area might just be what you are looking for. Soak in the golden light of the midnight sun from horseback as the majestic creatures safely take you through the wild. Sometime during the 3,5-hour tour, your guide will make a stop to serve you Swedish coffee under the sky.

Saddle up! Photo: Carl-Johan Utsi

7. Off road

The beach Skvalpen in the Luleå archipelago is a wonderful place to go for a swim, and if you bring your fat bike that’s another adventure waiting for you. condorshipping.se and guide-natura.com provide boat taxis. In Luleå you can rent a bike at cykelstallet.com or laplandarchipelago.com

8. Summer night wild watching

In roadless land, where the water meets the mountain, lies Geunja the Sámi Eco Lodge aiming to share the indigenous lifestyle and intimate connection with nature. Owner Mikael Vinka will personally take you on a boat trip into the scenic Delta, guided by the glimmering light of the midnight sun. This is a great place to see beavers, otters, reindeer and moose. If you are lucky, the Golden Eagle might also make an appearance.

Midnight sun and white nights almost all summer.

9. Where eagles dare

1999 Conny Lundström was awarded first prize in Wildlife Photographer of the Year with a close-up shot of a golden eagle. Since then he’s won a lot more prizes. But more importantly, he’s taken photo enthusiasts out in the forest, or out on one of his floating hide-outs. To come across an eagle is a bonus in summer, but ospreys are common. The osprey hasn’t changed in 56 million years, according to studies at Yale University. It means it hasn’t shared its genetic tree with anyone for a long time. The oldest bird in that sense is the South American oilbird. It hasn’t shared genes with other birds since dinosaurs walked the earth 73 million years ago.

10. A bird’s eye view

Live like a bird among the treetops at Treehotel in Harads. There’s even a room called the Bird’s Nest. And the Mirror Cube nearly makes you invisible as the cube reflects its surroundings. If you prefer to get even closer to the midnight sun, stay in the 7th Room – 10 meters from the ground. Treehotel in Harads is the perfect retreat for a couple of days in the warmth of the midnight sun.

The Mirror Cube at Treehotel in Harads. Photo: Andy Anderson.

11. A lift to the sky

At Aurora Sky Station, you can enjoy a culinary experience out of the ordinary. After ascending Mount Noulja by chair lift, you’ll sit down and enjoy an excellent three-course dinner inspired by the Nordic cuisine. After that, it’s time for a short guided walk up to the summit. The guide will tell you all about Abisko and the midnight sun. From the summit, you’ll have a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains and lakes.

12. Challenge yourself

Laponia Triathlon 67°N is a full-distance triathlon above the Arctic Circle. It takes place in Gällivare at the beginning of July. Participants from around the world gather in Gällivare to swim, bike and run under the midnight sun.

13. Biting nights

There’s no way around it – fly fishing is best at night.

Fly fishing is best at night. Photo: Ted Logardt.
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