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Midnight sun
Two people enjoy the midnight sun from Luossavaara outside Kiruna. For roughly two months the sun doesn't set at all, and for most of the rest of summer, the brief dip below the horizon is barely noticeable. The view is of the Scandinavian Mountain range.
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Midnight Sun in the Arctic Circle, Swedish Lapland

Midnight Sun is when the sun never sets in the summer. The Midnight Sun is a 24-hour period of sunlight inside the Arctic Circle in Swedish Lapland.

What is Midnight Sun?

Midnight Sun is a natural phenomenon occuring in the summer months and means that the sun can be seen even in the middle of the night.

Wide awake in Swedish Lapland

The Midnight Sun experience in Sweden might mess with your head for the first few days after you arrive, so pack a sleeping mask if you want to get some shut-eye. Even the people who live in Swedish Lapland have problems sleeping and black out curtains are a big seller. Our advice is to simply succumb to the light and be dazzled into staying vertical for as long as you can to enjoy this unique part of the world. You can sleep when you get home.

Midnight Sun experiences

Past midnight you can get 18 holes in at Björkliden Arctic Golf Course in the Arctic Circle; in fact you can get as many rounds in as you want since there is no sunset.

The more adventurous traveler could always take on the challenge of scaling Kebnekaise, our highest mountain, go skiing, or for the more artistic adventurer how about an ice-sculpting course at the ICEHOTEL.

For your very own midnight sun experience pick a quiet spot with uninterrupted views; which is not a problem in vast Swedish Lapland, and bathe in the rays of the unique and spectacular midnight sun.

When can you see the Midnight sun in Sweden?

Summertime in Swedish Lapland, usually between end May and mid-July. However the further north you go, the longer the Midnight Sun will be last.

Where is the best places to see the Midnight Sun?

You can see the midnight sun in places like Abisko, Björkliden, Gällivare, Jokkmokk and at Riksgränsen between Sweden and Norway. Two of the best places to see the Midnight Sun though is Kebnekaise and Abisko where it's visible from the end of May until mid-July. 

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Midnight Sun

The Midnight Sun is a natural phenomenon occurring in summer months at latitudes north of the Arctic Circle where the sun remains visible at local midnight.

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Midnight Sun

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Midnight sun

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Midnight sun over the Scandes

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Midnight sun over the Scandes

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Midnight sun biking

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