Land of the midnight sun

See the warm and magical light of the midnight sun north of the Arctic Circle. It allows you to go sailing, cruising or hiking no matter how late or early it is.

The Land of the Midnight Sun, where daylight lasts 24 hours, can be experienced north of the Arctic Circle for a period that lasts from a single day to up to five months depending on how far north you travel. The warm and magical light of the midnight sun makes it possible to go sailing, dining or hiking no matter how late or early it is. Local children play until the wee hours and adults savour the evenings by the water or on their comfortable patios.

The northern areas of Finland, Sweden, Norway, Greenland and Iceland all enjoy the phenomenon of the Midnight Sun, with 24 hours of daylight during their short summer months.

Norway Tours with Midnight Sun

Often known as the 'Land of the Midnight Sun', Norway has plenty to offer travellers looking to enjoy the never-ending summer sunshine.

Standing on the North Cape or on the balcony of a Hurtigruten voyage as the Midnight Sun skirts the horizon and then heads back up again is unforgettable. For this reason, the Norwegian Coastal Voyages during the Midnight Sun season are very popular.

Also, self-drives are a great way to explore the summer scenery up north. For example, the 8-day Tromsø, Senja & Lofoten self-drive is a wonderful way to soak up the midnight sun in northern Norway.

Sunset in Norway

Sweden Tours with Midnight Sun

Our Journey through Lapland self-drive tour takes you not only to the amazing Treehotel in northern Sweden, but also to northern Norway and Finland as well. Many of the treehouses have windows that span from the floor to the ceiling, allowing you to gaze out at the multitude of colours as the sun is making its descent (never to fully retire in the summer months). You can explore to your heart's content - even go for a late night drive or a swim - with the sun's late glow lighting your way.

Summer evening in Sweden

Finland Tours with Midnight Sun

Any summer tour to Finnish Lapland will allow you to experience the midnight sun. In fact, a June trip to most parts of the Nordics, including the south, will give you about 23 hours of daylight with a 'blue hour' close to 1am (nowhere near full darkness). Should you want to head above the Arctic Circle in Finland, the Midnight Sun in Lapland tour is one of your many options.

Summer evening in Finland

Greenland Tours with Midnight Sun

Midnight sun in Greenland is practically a state of mind, and the traditional concept of time loses all meaning. You may as well leave your watch in your suitcase, because the day has neither a beginning nor an end. Our summer tours from the end of May until the end of July in Greenland offer long and full days of whale and iceberg watching. Experience a helicopter flight to the Eqi Glacier, a great place for hiking, nature and seeing massive icebergs.

Sunset in Greenland by Vadim Petrakov

Iceland Tours with Midnight Sun

Iceland is another country that enjoys 24 hours of Midnight Sun and this special light makes for great photos. Enjoy the lagoons, wildflowers, waterfalls and mountains under the crimson light of midnight on all of our summer tours. See our range of existing Iceland tours.

Some words of warning

It can be hard to sleep when it is light all the time! Curtains have never been so important, particularly if you are travelling with children. Bring eye masks!

Also, don't bother complaining to the locals about not being able to sleep - they relish these long light nights and don't seem to notice it, hence the somewhat flimsy curtains that you might find on your travels.

All in all, expect the late evenings and early mornings to be filled with the soft, warm rays from the low-lying sun making the surrounding scenery appear almost dreamlike: Everything bathed in a surrealistic palette of pink, purple, yellow and hues of red. Perfect for photographers and romantics alike.

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Image Credits: Visit Greenland, Visit Finland and Hurtigruten.