Where does the sun never set? Imagine living in a country where you experience eternal daytime, with the sun never setting at certain times of the year. Today we’re going to discover which countries never see the sun set, which is a phenomenon experienced in the summer months in parts of the world.
Thanks to its location close to the Arctic Circle, from late April to the mid August, the sun never sets in some areas in Norway. Often nicknamed the Land of the Midnight sun, the sun remains up all day long during the summer time in some areas. It’s an amazing time of the year to experience this country, where you can enjoy its spectacular scenery and fantastic hiking routes.
Longyearbyen, with a population of 2,075, is known to be one of the north-most municipalities in Norway where the sun doesn’t set all day during the mid-summer. The sun does not set from April 20 to August 23. The northernmost ATM in the world is located in this town. In this town there is also the world’s northernmost church, college, school and kindergarten.
Polar bears are round in this area and it is a rule there to carry a gun when you go out even if you are temporary visitor.
Another part of Scandinavia which sees plenty of sunlight in the summer months is the country of Finland. While it’s known for its dark winters, the sun shines here for 73 days each summer. People here typically sleep less in the summer months, enjoying the nature that is on offer once the winter snow clears up. Of course, winter in Finland is incredible also, offering you the chance to snowboard and ski throughout the country.
Lapland, Finland, where you can experience white night is also known for northern lights viewing during mid-winter and the other popular attractions in the area are Santa Clause Village and Santa Claus Office.
There is a town named Dikson which is known as the northernmost settlement in Russia as well as on the Asian continent. There are several cities and towns in Russia where the sun does not set for months or weeks during the summer time.
Located also in the Eastern most part of Russia where it is quite close to the date line. this part of Russia sees the first “sunrise” in the world during the summer time on the Northern Hemisphere when the sun starts setting. The sun is up all day from May 4 to Aug 10 (in 2023). On August 11 the sun rises at 02:00 am, which is much earlier than the sunrise in Kiribati or New Zealand. (On May 3 the sunrises at 02:10 am)
Barrow in Alaska doesn’t experience a sunset from late May to late July each year. However, this is made up for with their polar night, which begins at the end of November for 30 days and sees no sunrise. Alaska is an incredible summer travel destination, where you’ll be blown away by the glaciers and mountains this region is so famous for.
Iceland is a popular travel destination in the summer months, thanks to the clear nights all throughout the summer. In the month of June, the sun will never set, so you can enjoy the Midnight Sun experience here. We highly recommend staying in Akureyri for the brightest summer stay in Iceland.
Nunavut in Canada is only two degrees from the Arctic Circle, in the very northwest of the country. For two months each summer, it has 24 hours of sunlight each day. That being said, the winter sees over 30 days of complete darkness, which certainly makes up for the summer.
These are the main places in the world where the sun never sets in the summer months. It’s definitely an unusual experience if you’ve never witnessed it before, making it sometimes hard to sleep. However, you’ll enjoy more time to explore and enjoy everything these popular travel destinations have to offer. All of these countries offer some of the world’s most spectacular scenery, so they are bucket list destinations you must visit at least once in your life. The long summer days are compensated for by the short winter ones, so it’s one of the best times of the year to get out and see these amazing regions of the world.