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Summer Solstice & The Midnight Sun Day

"There are strange things done in the midnight sun ..."

~Robert W. Service, The Cremation of Sam McGee

The midnight sun is a natural phenomenon that occurs north of the Arctic Circle or south of the Antarctic Circle, when the sun remains visible at the local midnight. Around the summer solstice (approximately 21 June in the northern hemisphere and 22 December in the southern hemisphere), the sun is visible for the full 24 hours! From mid-May to mid-July Shetland enjoys the 'simmer dim' (Summer Twilight or Midnight Twilight) when the sun only dips below the northern horizon for a few hours. In fine weather this can bring the islands almost 19 hours of sunshine a day. Areas and times which experience Midnight Twilight are also called White Nights! 🕛☀️

The midnight sun is a natural phenomenon that occurs in the summer months in places north of the Arctic Circle or south of the Antarctic Circle, when the sun remains visible at the local midnight. Around the summer solstice (approximately 21 June in the Northern Hemisphere and 22 December in the Southern Hemisphere), the sun is visible for the full 24 hours, given fair weather.

The countries and territories whose populations experience the midnight sun are limited to those crossed by the Arctic Circle, which are: Canada, including the Yukon and Nunavut provinces and the Northwest Territories, and the nations of GreenlandIcelandFinlandNorwayRussiaSweden, and the State of Alaska in the United States.

Locations where the sun remains less than 6 or 7 degrees below the horizon experience midnight twilight instead of midnight sun, so that daytime activities, such as reading, are still possible without artificial light on a clear night.  These periods are called White Nights, and are experienced in many places, including the Shetland Islands and St. Petersburg, Russia which has a White Nights Festival.

This tartan was designed using dark tones of navy blue, black, and deep purple which represent the night skies and light blue and orange which represent the early morning sunrise.

For a panoramic view of the midnight sun as seen from the Fjellheisen aerial tramway located in the city of Tromsø, Norway, click the photo of the sun low on the horizon.