Norway’s region north of the Arctic Circle is the perfect place to witness one of the world’s most beautiful natural phenomena. For several weeks in late spring and early summer, as the Earth rotates on its tilted axis, the sun doesn’t set, creating a spectacular nighttime spectacle resembling a combined sunset and sunrise. The resulting wash of deep reds, oranges and yellows weaves its way into the rich blues of sea and sky, illuminating nighttime endeavors in a stunning, unique kaleidoscope of color. Whether you’re an outdoor adventurer or a foodie on a mission, there’s no better backdrop for enjoying Norwegian nightlife than the golden light of the midnight sun.
Inspiring countless Norwegian artists and writers, the midnight sun also entrances nature lovers and nighttime revellers, revealing Norway’s stunning natural beauty through an entirely different color spectrum. Enhancing many popular destinations and experiences, it inspires locals and tourists alike to leave their homes and experience all that Norwegian nightlife has to offer.
Outdoors at Night, in Natural Light
In Norway, approximately 76 days of midnight sun between May and July means nearly 24 daily hours of beautiful skies above Helgeland, Salten, Bodo, Lofoten, North Cape and other hotspots where outdoor activities take on a whole new dimension of sensory experience. Consider midnight-sun photo and wildlife safaris, or midnight-sun-kissed outdoor activities like hiking, camping, cruises, sailing and kayaking. Visits to Norway’s plentiful fjords, national parks, glaciers, mountains, lakes and waterfalls are redefined when drenched in the golden glow of the midnight sun and filtered through its unique prism.
Food & Drink: Festivals & Restaurants
Throughout the summer (and fall) seasons, Norway shares local food and drink publicly at a series of delightful food festivals, some of which occur during midnight-sun season, setting the scene for memorable gatherings. Each celebrates locally hunted and harvested foods, with extensive varieties and innovative approaches to its preparation. Norsk Rakfiskfestival, held in Fagernes, is known for its fermented trout. Trondheim’s Trondelag food and brewery festival features more than 150 stands. In Stavanger, you can visit Gladmat and enjoy international cuisines. Matstreif, Norway’s largest festival, features food from across Norway and is held in Oslo. Bergen’s popular Food Festival highlights locally produced delicacies.
If you relish escaping into a quiet, romantic evening after embracing a day filled with festival crowds, Norway boasts many prestigious, Michelin star-winning restaurants. This internationally recognized award for culinary excellence indicates a one-of-a-kind experience, but Norway is brimming with restaurants that deliver on that promise, both with and without the international accolades. A midnight-sun backdrop makes each unforgettable.
Abandon The Itinerary
Sometimes vacations work best without an agenda. A quiet, romantic picnic—perhaps the ideal way to experience the midnight sun with your special someone—requires little planning, so relax with a drink and a bite to eat, and enjoy the colors and light. A simple walk, if timed right, can reveal your surroundings with an entirely new perspective through a prism found nowhere else. Norway’s abundant and exceptional restaurants, festivals, cafes and pubs only augment its easily accessible, opulent natural wonders. There’s no wrong way to drink in the golden glow of the midnight sun.