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The 5 best places to experience Scandinavia's midnight sun

By Ása Steinars

Photo: Ása Steinars

If you like it bright in the middle of the night, these are the best places for midnight sunseekers in Scandinavia

Within the Arctic Circle, the sun stays up 24 hours a day for a few months each summer, creating magical summer nights and unforgettable experiences. The midnight sun is caused by the tilt of the Earth's axis, with the Arctic Circle sitting at 66° north ensuring that places that sit within it get sunlight at midnight for at least a few days. The further north you go, the longer it stays: in the very north of Norway for example, the sun rises on 13 May and then doesn’t set again until 31 July, meaning over two months of constant sunlight.

Intrigued? Here’s our list of favourite spots to see the midnight sun this summer. Just remember to pack a sleeping mask – if you like it dark when you sleep then you'll need it.