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The Swedish midnight sun Posted by on Jun 15, 2010 in Geography

Most of you have heard of the famous midnight sun. Well it’s as wonderful as people say. And takes some getting used to every year. In the areas where you get to experience the midnight sun you also have the really long winter, and the really short hours of daylight. In the spring when all the snow is melting the days get longer and longer you can wake up all of a sudden and realize that it isn’t dark even though it is in the middle of the night.

Many a time I have been at friends houses and looked out the window thinking “it’s only nine PM” when actually it was one or two AM. It is truly a wonderful experience to cycle home at two in the morning and there isn’t a soul outside when it could just as well have been two in the afternoon when it comes to the light.


Sweden is sometimes even referred to as the “land of the midnight sun”. What have you heard about the midnight sun of the north?

Is it a lifelong dream to see it?


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  1. Samantha:

    In the Rasmus’s song, “Live Forever” there’s a line that mentions the midnight sun. I had thought it was a metophorical, angsty line but being a Finnish band, I’m sure they they were singing about the actual midnight sun! It’s definitely something I’d love to experience 🙂

  2. Dario:

    I’m moving from Stockholm to Northern Sweden (Norrbotten) in 2 months. Unfortunately it will be a bit late and a bit too on the south… below the polar circle (but still on the 65° 50′ N) so there would have been “real white nights”, but no midnight sun anyway.
    Nevertheless my stay could be possibly long enough to experience it the next year… which would be the best, because light is better experienced after darkness 😉

  3. Christian:

    it sounds weird, but it’s sort of a dream of mine to live in Finland. I would love, as you mentioned, biking home at 2 AM when it’s still light out 🙂

  4. Ankan:

    Oh yes, I’m dreaming of one day seeing it…

  5. Julie:

    Hey Dario, where are you moving to? I’m also moving to Norrbotten (from the UK) soon. I will be in Lulea. How about you?

  6. Dario:

    Much more “into the wild” 🙂
    I’m moving to Kalix (from Stockholm though), 80 km to the east from Luleå.

  7. Sula:

    Seeing the midnight sun along with the northern lights…..are both on my “to-do-list”. I’ll be in Sweden (Göteborg) in July will I be able to experience the midnight sun?

  8. BM:

    Gothenburg is not above the arctic circle, so you will probably not see the midnight sun. It may be more light than you are used to, and the sun may be up for longer, but Gothenburg is not really all that far north.

  9. Heather:

    I’ve been in Piteå for about 8 months now, and while the midnight sun is gorgeous, it really takes some getting used to! Love it, though.