The Midnight Sun in Norway

It is in the middle of the night and the sun is still shining north of the Arctic Circle in Northern Norway. Here the summer days lasts for weeks and months.

This natural phenomenon influences all people, the locals, and the visitors. They get more energetic, happy and light-hearted. Come and enjoy the sun, the colours, cultural traditions and events, which combine people in a fantastic atmosphere in Northern Norway.

Where and when to see the Midnight Sun

The further north you travel, the longer the Midnight Sun is visible. During the summer months, you can experience up to 24 hours of sunlight above the Arctic Circle, giving you more time to enjoy the sights and make discoveries.

Northern Norway covers a third of Norway and offers various landscapes and coastal vistas. Far up inside the Arctic Circle, in Longyearbyen on Svalbard or the Lyngenfjord region, midnight can be like noon on a midsummer day. At the same time, at North Cape, the light is suggestive of early evening, with warm, golden tones.

Further south, though, where the sun peeks between the mountain tops and is only just above the horizon at midnight, more reddish tones appear than one often sees on postcards.

Where - When

Longyearbyen 20 April - 22 August
North Cape 14 May - 29 July
Tromsø 20 May - 23 July
Bodø 4 June - 8 July
Hammerfest 16 May - 27 July
Narvik 25 May - 20 July
Svolvær 28 May - 14 July
Andendes 22 May - 21 July
Vardø 17 May - 26 July
Lyngenfjord 17 May - 27 July


What is the Midnight Sun

The Midnight Sun is a natural phenomenon in which the sun is above the horizon at midnight, the rest of the night and all day. At North Cape, the sun stays shining in the sky for over 1,800 hours without setting. You’ve no doubt seen that globes are slightly tilted on their axes. This is because the Earth itself is slightly tilted on its axis.

Adventures in the Midnight Sun

24 hours of daylight give flora and fauna along the coast an energy boost. This is likely to rub off on visitors, so why not use the extra energy to experience some of the Midnight Sun activities available throughout Northern Norway.

Many land and shoreline activities include kayaking, swimming, camping, cycling, hiking, fishing and golf. The fjords are also a spectacular route to follow the Midnight Sun north with a variety of sailing options from the local tour cruise operator Hurtigruten.


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  • Lattitude: 68.496040
  • Longitude: 17.402344

Midnight Sun Activities

Fishing trip with self-saught fish
Experience the Midnight Sun in the Arctic Summer
Explore Tromsø By E-Bike
Midnight Sun photo safari by RIB boat
Midnight sun kayaking