Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Midsommar: Perfect Time to Toast the Midnight Sun in Sweden

From late May to mid July, the sun never sets north of the Arctic Circle. The Midnight Sun. I can’t think of a better time to toast the midnight sun than on the most celebrated, non-religious holiday of the year in Sweden: Midsommar, coming up this Saturday, one of the biggest holidays of the year in all of Scandinavia (always on the Saturday closest to the summer solstice. Midsummer’s Eve/Midsommarafton, is also a big afternoon/evening for parties).

You'll experience 24 hours of daylight in the far north of Sweden at this time of year. In Stockholm, the sun always sets (too far south), but the sky never turns pitch dark in June (unless it’s stormy), with the sun setting in Stockholm around 10:10 pm at Midsommar and rising at 3:30 am.

I hope to spend a future Midsommar in awe of the midnight sun while hiking through Abisko National Park (200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, near the border with Norway):

(cc photo of Abisko courtesy of timrawle)

A view of the midnight light from Abisko:

(cc photo courtesy of skidave32289)

Glad Midsommar! (Swedish for Happy Midsummer!)

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