We’re accustomed to 12 hour day and 12-hour night (unless you’re a reader from the poles or the countries listed below), but where on earth does the sun never set? Is there really a place on earth where sun never sets? How do people manage their life? How’s it possible? Plethora of questions crawls our skin when we think about the extra-ordinary phenomena, midnight sun.
Midnight sun, a hard to imagine phenomena occurs in the summer months in places like Arctic circle and Antarctic circle, basically on poles. Around the summer months, the sun is visible for full 24 hours, and similarly, it never shows up in winters for about 6 months. People have to manage their lives and other chores in the summers sunlight and in the dark of winters.
Both the poles, Antarctic in South and Arctic in North receives no sunlight in winters and sees no dark in summers, for most of the time. Though, Antarctic has no inhabitants, except penguins, seals and the other animals, a human (read daring adventurers or a scientist on a mission) rarely witness the two phenomena. Wherein Arctic, has some population that do experience the earth where sun never sets (midnight sun) and sun never rise (polar nights). What countries and places are they? Read.
6 Places On Earth Where Sun Never Sets And Never Rise
I won’t go into details about where Norway (it’s in Arctic circle though) is situated on a map, but just the fact that it’s a land of midnight sun. For about a period of 76 days from late May to late July, the sun never sets and sunlight is all there is, for about 20 hours. Just like we usually appreciate the sunset in the coastal areas, Norway can’t. In Svalbard, Norway, the northernmost inhabited region of Europe, the sun shines without break from 19 April to 23 August.
Life’s normal, except for the new visitors, tourists or so. They will feel the irritation of sunlight all day long, but it doesn’t take long to get used to it. People usually do pretty much everything they can with 20 hours of sunlight at hand.
Norway welcomes tourists from all walks of life and offers totally different experience than any other place on earth. You can hike, bike along the coastal areas in Southern Norway, see Northern lights which are life long experience to enjoy in Northern Norway, go sight-seeing and bird-watching. There’s lot more than you’ve imagined while packing your rucksack.
People living in Iceland sees no dark From May 10 through July where there will be 24 hours of daylight and sun above the horizon all the time. Iceland is Europe’s second largest island after Great Britain, and consists of 30 minor islands in all.
Again, Northern lights, hiking, National Parks and wildlife, Whale Watching, Caving, Cycling would easily charm the adventurer and daring you. It’s a beautiful place. Mountain’s draped in white of snow and the sky blue, and dazzling with northern lights is something to be experienced once in the lifetime.
Canada is the world’s second-largest country by total area and is almost covered in snow round the year. Not the whole of Canada, but In Inuvik and Northwest Territories, Canada, the sun shines without break for about 50 days in summer.
Like the above two, Canada isn’t really harsh due to its abnormal sunset and sunrise timing and offers a lot of tourists attractions and experiences which includes Aurora viewing, mountaineering, Hot springs, suspension bridge walk, road trips on world’s second largest stretches, and lots of historical monuments. Pretty much covers everything for the wanderers and travelers.
In the far north, the sun doesn’t set for months from late May to late July (The midnight sun phenomena in action). While the other months, in winters, it’s dark for the most part and is almost covered in snow round the year. Harsh winter is what you’ve to face there.
Alaska is known for its spectacular glaciers and the snow draped mountains for hiking and sightseeing via plane. With sunlight all day and night long, it’s awe-inspiring to watch snow-covered mountains at, say, 2am. Whale Watching is another experience, if you’re lucky. And road trips on the vast highways of Alaska demands your patience and all the time in the world.
Sun usually sets around midnight and is up again at 4:30 am in the morning in Sweden from early May until late August. Sweden is usually warmer than the other places we’ve covered here, hence offers a great comfort for not so adventurous tourists.
You can enjoy fishing, golf, skiing, Northern lights, National parks, lowland trails for most part of your day, which usually is a night-time for us equatorial. Sweden being the largest but the least populated countries in Europe and yet every remote area is easily accessible for tourists and explorers. If you’re looking for a peaceful vacation, Sweden is your best bet.
Finland, is the land of thousand lakes and islands. In most parts of Finland, the sun shines for straight 73 days during summers and winters are harsh and covered in dark with no daylight to be seen.
You can experience the Northern lights from all the places covered above, but Finland with its glass igloos luxury suites right out in the snow-covered mountains offers a spectacular experience than any other place on this list. Ski Lapland is the best for skiers. Not to mention their magical Christmas experience and festivals. Bicycling, enjoying a cottage life by the lake, their colorful autumns are some of the best of Finland.
These were few places on earth where sun never sets in summers and never rise in winters. Their summers are warm, if not scorching heat and their winters harsh and chilly. With all the climatic abnormality, these places attracts lots of tourists and adventurers from all walks of life. When are you packing your bags to head out and experience. Enjoy the 24-hour time-lapse of Sun shining without break in the video above.