Winter above the Arctic Circle is all about catching a glimpse of the magical Northern Lights. In summer, however, the focus turns to the spectacular phenomenon of the midnight sun and Norway is the perfect place to experience it.
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With the colder, darker days setting in, we can't think of a better time to start thinking ahead to 2021 and give ourselves something to look forward to by planning a future escape.
If you've always wanted to visit Norway, you'll want to keep scrolling to see why summer is a beautiful time to visit.
What exactly is the midnight sun in Norway?
During the Norwegian summer, there are almost 24 hours of daylight per day. It’s a time when you might spot locals mowing the lawn at midnight and surfers catching waves even later into the early hours of the morning.
Although the sun descends towards the horizon late at night as we’d expect, rather than setting, the sun then moves horizontally before rising again.
This means that during the early hours, the stunning landscapes of Norway are lit up in varying shades of soft light, creating a magical, otherworldly scene.
At the North Cape, the most northerly point of mainland Europe, the sun stays on the horizon all night. This is unimaginable in the UK. Those who manage to stay awake through the night are in for a real treat.
Meanwhile, in Trondheim, you can sit outside and still read when the clock strikes midnight.
With such a wealth of natural energy throughout the summer, you can see why Norway has become the world’s leading electric car user – which makes for a more pleasant stay. There’s less noise pollution and cleaner air.
Where to visit during the midnight sun in Norway
Bergen, with its ancient port, is beautiful in the summer sun. Its red cable car commands spectacular views of the city’s bays, peninsulas and out to the fjords.
Dubbed ‘Norway’s most beautiful city’, Alesund is a quaint fishing town in western Norway that’s great for hiking, mountain biking and kayaking. And with almost 24 hours of daylight, you can choose whatever time you wish to soak up the views.
With a lively cultural scene and home to the northernmost university in the world, Tromso’s streets are buzzing into the night. Taking a drink in the orange haze of summer without the curfew of sunset is a wonderful experience.
Lofoten has a much milder climate than other parts of the world at the same latitude, like chilly Alaska and icy Greenland. Arctic swells make for great surf, too. Who would have thought you could watch surfers into the night on these Norwegian isles?
Fancy experiencing the midnight sun in Norway for yourself? You can join Prima on an adventure in June 2021, where you'll visit Tromso with its distinctive Arctic Cathedral, Trondheim, one of Scandinavia’s oldest cities, pretty Alesund and modern Bergen. Sailing on Princess Cruises’ Regal Princess, you'll sleep in a Balcony Cabin, where you might even spot bearded seals, killer whales and rare birds.
You can also explore the fjords and waterfalls on a scenic Hurtigruten cruise with the Hairy Bikers in June 2021. Adventurers Si and Dave are Norway-lovers, and excited to share their love of the scenery and local food during exclusive experiences. There'll be a private onboard cooking demonstration, which is sure to be hilarious, and they will also host a lively cocktail party.
As with all holidays right now, you'll want to check out the latest government information on visiting Norway and, just so you know, Prima's trips are financially protected.
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