Midnight Sun in Greenland

20140711-011117-4277911.jpgLike the waning of burning coals in a campfire, the summer sun illuminates the Greenland sky long into the night. (Photo taken 10 July 2014.)

The Midnight Sun is a special summer Arctic phenomenon. Much like its winter counterpart, the Northern Lights, it is something that puts you in awe of the natural world every single time you see it.

In high school I had a friend and teammate who was from Alaska, and she used to mesmerize us with stories of bears, fishing lodges, and 24 hours of light sky. At that time, I never imagined I would ever get to experience something similar, but here I am 13 years later sitting on the couch in Greenland with the lovely view you see above!

Technically, the Midnight Sun only occurs above the Arctic Circle (66*N) where the sun never sets below the horizon for a period of anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months!

But what many don’t realize is that even destinations below the Arctic Circle still feel the effects of the Midnight Sun. For example, the photo above was taken at exactly midnight in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, which lies 204 km / 127 mi below the Arctic Circle at 64*N.

To the untrained eye, this probably looks like the Midnight Sun, huh? I’ll hand it to you, it certainly doesn’t look like any midnight I ever witnessed in Washington, D.C.!

See my Midnight Sun in Greenland photo gallery for snapshots of the real thing 🙂