June is the date when we have one of the most fascinating phenomena. Northern Lights ? No thats in winter and in the summer we have Midnight Sun. 24 hours or almost 24 hours of daylight. Best places to see and enjoy in this phenomena is of course North of Europe or North America. I made a list of 5 best destination to travel and witnessing Midnight Sun.
1.Midnight Sun destination- Hammerfest Norway
DATES TO GO – 16 MAY-27 JULY
It’s tempting to wonder about all the sights and experiences that have been made under the midnight sun through the ages – by people living off the sea at the Lofoten and Vesterålen archipelagos, or the Sami reindeer herders of the far north.
The phenomena has at least made a lasting impression on several Norwegian artists and writers. This excerpt is from Knut Hamsuns Pan (1894): “Night was coming on again; the sun just dipped into the sea and rose again, red, refreshed, as if it had been down to drink. I could feel more strangely on those nights than anyone would believe” …
The earth is rotating at a tilted axis relative to the sun, and during the summer months the North Pole is angled towards our star. That’s why, for several weeks, the sun never sets above the Arctic Circle.
DATES TO GO – 21MAY-20 JULY
On the longest day of the year, sunset isn’t until nearly 1 a.m. in the Yukon, and the sun rises again just three hours later. Even during those few hours of “darkness” that life-giving fireball is still hovering just above the horizon. That means you’ll have plenty of sunlight to enjoy the wealth of outdoor adventures in this Canadian territory, including fishing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, biking and the chance to spot wildlife like wolves, caribou, moose, Dall sheep, black and grizzly bears. By hopping a ferry across the Yukon River, you can even take part in a very unique challenge: an all-night golf tournament that tees off at midnight in broad daylight. When morning comes, golfers gather at the clubhouse for a breakfast of beer and eggs.
DATES TO GO – 14 MAY -29 JULY
Beautiful in its scale of remoteness, Greenland exudes an exospheric charm like no other place on earth. The few people that live there foster a culture of deep affinity for nature, ably demonstrated by the number of excellent excursions – including ‘night-time’ Midnight Sun expeditions that’ll take your breath away.
Ilulissat is the main draw here: a small settlement north of Nuuk on the western coast. Its icefjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while its population is equal to its number of sled dogs. During the Midnight Sun, stretch out your day and embark on an epic five-hour dogsledding tour, visit an age-old settlement on the icefjord an sample Greenland’s cuisine at a village restaurant: reindeer, crowberries and harp seal are all strongly worth trying.
4.Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
DATES TO GO- 28 MAY -24 JULY
The northernmost of Alaska’s “big cities” has a population of just over 30,000, and for a full week each summer the majority of them celebrate the solstice with a wide range of events including a midnight baseball game that’s been played annually since 1906, a midnight fun run, and their Midnight Sun Festival that starts at noon on June 21 and goes well past midnight.
You can also play midnight golf at the 9-hole Fairbanks Golf & Country Club, which stays open 24 hours a day during most of June and July, as long as enough late-night duffers show interest. The sun technically dips below the horizon for just over 2 hours during the summer solstice in Fairbanks, but some locals make the 25-mile drive to Eagle Summit (elevation 3,624) to experience and photograph the real deal.
5.Kiruna Lapland – Sweden
Here, in the northernmost parts of Sweden, the contrasts are as marvellous as they are numerous. The sun shines 24 hours a day and swathes mountains, wilderness and water in a warm, welcoming light.
When you visit Kiruna you are right in the midst of the land of the midnight sun. The sunlight invites you to late evenings and activities during all the hours of the day. Here, you will find adventures and activities covering all the elements of all the seasons, even if the calendar tells you the ground should be snow-free.
In Kiruna, the midnight sun can be seen from late May to mid-July. How about skiing on Midsummers Eve, high up in the mountains? Or fishing along the river in the lush valley, or a hike in the mountains where the windflowers grow wild?
Outdoor activities include eating reindeer meat cooked over an open fire, river rafting and hiking along the majestic Kungsleden (the King’s Trail). Here you will find the genuine ingredients, culture and experiences that form lifelong memories and memorable stories.