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Experiencing the Midnight Sun

Travelers Today       By    Cati Keith

Updated: Jan 23, 2014 10:14 AM EST

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Our biological clocks tell us when the sun goes down and the sky is dark, that it is the time to be sleeping.  Then the sun rises the next morning and it begins a new day. 

However, there are regions of the world that do not experience this for several months. In the Arctic, and in Antarctica for six months the sun never sets.  This phenomenon is often called the Midnight Sun.

Around the ring of the Earth's polar regions, there are places that experience a similar phenomenon but for much less time. Depending on the location, the Midnight Sun can be seen from one month to two weeks in the summer.

One of the best places to see the midnight sun is Norway.

According to Visit Norway, "At the Arctic Circle in the county of Nordland, you can see the midnight sun from 12 June to 1 July; at the North Cape in Finnmark you can see it from 14 May to 29."

Other places to visit during the midnight sun are the Lofoten and Vesterålen Islands, as well as Hammerfest, known as the northernmost town in the world.

While the sun is in the sky all day, there are many activities one can do. In the town of Tromsø you can go golfing at midnight and there is also the Midnight Sun Marathon.

You can cruise down the road, or take a cruise along Norway's coastline.  While on the cruise visitors can go to North Cape, Svalbard, and the Lofoten Islands.

"Seeing the midnight sun from deck, and not just from land, means travelers get maximum exposure - from a ship the view of the midnight sun as it hovers right over the horizon is often unobstructed, something which is not always the case on land," said Visit Norway.

Hiking, fishing and cycling are some other activities that can be enjoyed during the Midnight sun.  Also during this time there are many festivals in the towns around the Arctic Circle in Norway.

Other places where you can experience the Midnight Sun are Alaska, Greenland, Northern Iceland, Northern Sweden, Finland, Russia, and the Northwest Territories, Canada.

When you are planning your summer vacation why not go to a place where the sun never sets? 

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