The Artisan Travel Blog

A Nordic Summer Adventure - Part 4: Midnight Sun

At this time of year, the sun does not set in Northern Norway. Whilst slightly disorientating at first, I soon came to really enjoy the never-ending days and the opportunities this opened. In this time of the Midnight SunNorwegians sleep less – they fish, they kayak, they BBQ, they island hop – more daylight means more time to enjoy the splendours of the land and socialise until the early hours.

dda0daf9 a845 4b8c 8c4a c47ae848a36b

At around 11.30pm the sun dips toward, but never quite reaches, the horizon. The Norwegian fjords and mountains are bathed in a pinkish golden glow and the scenery looks all the more idyllic, exuding a sense of warmth and serenity. As strange as it sounds, one of my favourite things to do was to simply sit on the water’s edge and enjoy the colours of the light.

IMG 5785

Part of our tour included a wonderful RIB boat safari at around 11 pm in total daylight. As our boat sped across the still water, I realised that leaving this remarkable region would be difficult. Our guide took us to where the puffins dig their nests (they burrow underground) and we were soon surrounded by a group of puffins (or, to use the correct collective noun, a circus of puffins). Despite their excellent underwater skills, puffins are not the most adept at flying and flap in a rather over-eager and directionless way, making them look completely ridiculous but utterly adorable. We also caught a glimpse of sea eagles, hovering high above the water, before swooping down to pluck a fish in a graceful manner which put the puffins to shame.

At midnight we stopped to take in the sun, sitting low on the horizon, but steadfastly visible in the Northern sky. This was a perfect end to the day and will, of course, become another wonderful memory for me of Norway. Whilst most people visit this region for the Northern Lights, having seen the array of incredible colours and light that summer can bring, I would wholeheartedly recommend a visit to Northern Norway in the summer months.

Missed my previous blogs about Northern Norway? You can read them here!

Part 1: A Nordic Summer Adventure

Part 2: Whale Watching from Andenes

Part 3: The Idyllic Islands of Senja and Sommarøy

Or, discover our Nordic Summer Collection here

Read 3435 times Last modified on Monday, 26 March 2018

  • Inspiring 

    All-encompassing itineraries

    Bucket list experiences in extraordinary destinations

    Highlights on and off the beaten track

    Authentic travel experiences with a discrete safety net

  • Expert Knowledge

    Your shortcut to the very best holiday

    Advice and guidance every step of the way

    Expertly designed itineraries

    The very best guides with exceptional local knowledge

  • Independent

    Personal, hands-on service

    Proudly independent; family-owned and run

    Fair and sustainable work ethos

    Long-established local partnerships

  • Trusted 

    ATOL and ABTA Financial protection available

    Over 20 years experience

    Our customers rate us 4.9/5 stars

    Responsible relationships