Approximately 12 hours of daylight contribute to our daily schedule, while the remaining 12 hours are spent in the dark. However, you might not realize that there are locations on Earth where the sun stays up for more than 70 consecutive days straight.
With no sunset for 70 days in a row, even the locals have trouble keeping track of time; imagine how interesting (or confusing) it would be for visitors to the area. In case you were wondering, you did read that correctly. If you’re curious, I’ve listed the six countries where the sun never rises.
Norway, located in the Arctic Circle, is known as the Land of the Midnight Sun because the sun does not set there from May to late July. So, the sun will stay up for about 76 days straight. Norway’s Svalbard is the northernmost inhabited territory of Europe and has nonstop sunshine from April 10th to August 23rd. It’s best to schedule your trip here during this time of year so you can enjoy the daytime without worrying about the dark.
Even though Finland is the Land of a Thousand Lakes and Islands, most of the country only enjoys clear, sunny skies for 73 days per summer. There are approximately 73 days of continuous sunlight during this season, in contrast to the months of darkness seen during the winter. Because of this, summertime is when people get the least amount of sleep, while wintertime is when they get the most. Guests can snowboard, stay in transparent igloos, and witness the Northern Lights during their time in this region.
From the beginning of May through the end of August, the sun sets about midnight and rises around four in the morning in Sweden. Up to half the year, this area may luxuriate in year-round sunshine. As a result, visitors can spend their days enjoying a variety of exciting pursuits, such as golfing, fishing, trekking, and so much more.
In reality, the sun does not set here between the months of late May and late July; this is balanced out by the start of November when the sun does not rise for 30 days straight during the polar night. Unfortunately, this also means that the country will be in the dark throughout the cold season. Known for its stunning glaciers and snowy peaks, this destination is enjoyable year-round.
The Canadian territory of Nunavut sits in the Northwest Territories, just over the Arctic Circle by a few degrees. During the summer, there are around two months of continuous daylight, while the winter brings about thirty days of darkness.
Besides being the second largest island in Europe after Britain, mosquito-free Iceland is widely recognized as a significant tourist draw. Iceland’s nights are apparent during the summer, and the sun doesn’t set at all in June. Akureyri, Iceland, and Grimsey Island, also located in the Arctic Circle, is excellent places to experience the majesty of the Midnight Sun.
It would be a mistake to be unable to take advantage of the chance to go to some of the most spectacular and exciting places in the world. There are regions on Earth where the cycle of darkness and day never completes.
Because of the striking disparity between the way of life in these out-of-the-way places and what is considered typical back in one’s own country, a trip to one of these distant areas may be a chance that only comes around once in a lifetime