Midnight Sun

Midnight Sun

Summer in the north is about bright nights and pastel-coloured skies, and in some places the sun never sets and shines around the clock. In other places the sun dips just below the horizon for a few hours, but the sky retains a golden, lavender-blue colour.
Segla mountain in midnightsun.

When is the midnight sun?

North Cape: 13 May–31 July

Hammerfest: 16 May–28 July

Vardø: 16 May–28 July

Tromsø: 20 May–25 July

Harstad: 24 May–20 July

Svolvær: 28 May–17 July

Bodø: 3 June–11 July

The midnight sun occurs when the sun remains above the horizon around the clock. This occurs during the summer, north of the Arctic Circle and south of the Antarctic Circle. 

On the journey with Havila Voyages, you pass the Arctic Circle on the stretch between Nesna and Ørnes.

The further north you go, the longer there is midnight sun. The North Pole has midnight sun for half the year, from the spring equinox to the autumnal equinox.

Timeline showing that you can see the midnight sun in norway from mid May to end of July.
Fishing in the midnight sun i Lyngen, Photo: Alexander Benjaminsen, visitnorway.com
Through the dark winter and the months when the sun never rises above the horizon, hopes and dreams are about the bright summer. The midnight sun is golden and beautiful while low in the sky throughout the night, or there are bright summer nights where the sun barely disappears, but still illuminates the sky in pastel shades.
Midnight sun, photo: Christian Roth Christensen, visitnorway.com

Voyages to the midnight sun

North- and southboundRound Voyage

Bergen → Kirkenes → Bergen

Havila castor seen from Skageflå in the Geirangerfjord. Photo: Oclin
The classic

NorthboundVoyage North

Bergen → Kirkenes

North cape
7 days

SouthboundVoyage South

Kirkenes → Bergen

Reine in Lofoten. Photo credit: Marius Beck Dahle/Havila Kystruten
6 days

NorthboundThe Northern Norwegian Adventure

Trondheim → Tromsø

3 days

NorthboundNorthern Tip of Europe

Tromsø → Kirkenes

3 days

SouthboundThe Arctic Circle and Lofoten

Tromsø → Trondheim

3 days

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