The midnight sun can be seen north of the Arctic Circle during all or part of the period between the spring equinox and the autumnal equinox.
The term midnight sun means that even when the sun is at its lowest point, it does not disappear below the horizon and is thus visible 24 hours a day.
The duration of the period of midnight sun increases the closer you get from the polar circle to the pole. At the pole itself, the midnight sun can be seen for 6 months of the year.
In areas where there is midnight sun during the summer, there will be polar night for an equivalent period of time during the winter.
In the land of the midnight sun, the sun follows a course just above or just below the horizon for many hours during the summer nights. This can result in an amazing play of colours that may last for hours.
Some stories are told of tourists who have been very disappointed when at midnight, after having stood there waiting for this special sun to appear, they realize that it is the same sun they have been looking at all day long.
In Lofoten, the midnight sun can be seen during the following periods:
The midnight sun’s upper edge:
- First time on May 25th.
- Last time on July 18th.
The whole of the midnight sun:
- First time on May 28th.
- Last time on July 14th.