The Midnight Sun
Midnight Sun holidays
The phenomenon of the Midnight Sun occurs in the summer months in places north of the Arctic Circle, including the northernmost sections of Sweden, Greenland, Iceland and Norway. Our Midnight Sun holidays feature many of these destinations so you can witness 24 hours of daylight in incredible locations.
What is the Midnight Sun?
The Midnight Sun is essentially where the sun does not set below the horizon, causing 24 hours of daylight. This is due to the tilt in the world’s axis which makes the North Pole face towards the sun in the summer.
The effect of the Midnight Sun is, of course, longer days. People in this region take full advantage with festivals, barbeques and summer activities such as kayaking and hiking. It is said that those who live in these regions have more energy during the months of the Midnight Sun and can take the time to appreciate the evenings filled with warm light and long shadows.
Another benefit of the Midnight Sun is that it makes even the most remote regions greener. The flora and fauna are given an energy boost which leads to a growth of delicious fruits such as cloudberries and lingonberries.
When does the Midnight Sun occur?
Within the Arctic Circle, this natural occurrence is visible from around the 12th June to 1st July, with a greater date range the further north you travel. In the northernmost inhabited region of Europe, the Svalbard Archipelago does not experience a sunset from around the 19th April to the 23rd August.
We offer several dedicated Midnight Sun trips which all take full advantage of this natural occurrence. There are also a variety of activities we offer throughout the evenings so that you can watch the way the sun barely dips along the horizon before rising again.
Where can I go on holiday to see the Midnight Sun?
We offer a range of Midnight Sun holidays. Whether you want to adventure on a self-drive tour to Norway or Iceland or cruise around Greenland and Iceland, we have the holiday to suit you. Talk to an Artisan Travel Expert today on 01670 785 085 to discuss your perfect Midnight Sun holiday.