Midnight sun is when the sun lays over the horizon around the clock. At North Cape the sun is up to 1800 hours without setting, but midnight sun is so much more than just sunny nights. The fact that the day never ends does affect the mindset of our beloved northerners. The locals wake up to life, many festivals are being held, and the people no longer have vision of time and place. Life just is, and pretty good.

Why do we have midnight sun?

The midnight sun is affected by how the earth and the sun move in relation to each other. You´ve probably heard that earth is slightly sloping? This means Northern Norway is facing the sun in the summer. In the winter it is the opposite, then the earth is turned away from the sun – which indicates a darker season which is called polar night.

For how long does the midnight sun occur?

The duration of the midnight sun in the summer increases with the distance from the polar circles in the direction of the pole points. North Cape is the northernmost point on mainland Europe and will therefore have longer summer days with midnight sun than southern destinations.

At North Cape, there is midnight sun from 12th of May till 31th of July.

How do you sleep with sunny nights?

There is no secret that the population on Magerøya wakes up to life when the most breathtaking summer nights brighten up the island. Did you know that sun around the clock suppress the production of Melatonin? No? Melatonin is the hormone which makes us tired and is a part of preparing our bodies to rest and fall into deep sleep. In other words, more sun makes us happier when the days get longer and nights bright up. The population on Magerøya likes a good party, and when the sun never sets it is difficult to know when get back home within a descent time. Do not despair, we are able to sleep through sunny nights, just upgrade with a solid curtain, then everyone makes it through the night.

The ultimate midnight sun experience

Experiencing midnight sun is not common for the most of us. There is something so unique with sunbathing in the middle of the night. With good weather and calculations, you will have the opportunity experience on of the island´s many prides, the midnight sun.

Tips for the ultimate midnight sun experience

  • Always check out the weather forecast here
  • Dress according to the conditions, the weather can change rapidly and be quite windy on top of the world.
  • Interact with the tourist information or the locals for the best places to spot the midnight sun. We can recommend the fishing village Gjesvær or the North Cape Plateau for the most epic midnight sun experiences.
  • At least, remember to calculate enough time on our beautiful island. Perhaps the weather is bad, but will be a clearing during the evening or the day after?
  • Life is best on vacation, and for those who awaits something good, don’t wait forever

 

1. Midnight sun 

There´s no doubt that the winter in the Northern part of Norway can be quite challenging. Despite of the dark and tought winter, the inhabitants of Magerøya get thrilled when the midnight sun returns. As long as mother earth is by your side, you can explore the midnight sun at the North Cape from the middle of May to the end of July. To get the most spectacular midnight sun experience, visit the North Cape Platau or the fishing village Gjesvær. Curius about what the midnight sun really is? 

 

2. City- life 

Honningsvåg is a charming town because of the many uniqe stores lined up in the main street. Combine shopping with a good meal in a local restaurant and enjoy the company of the playful and kind inhabitants. Every year the North Cape festival is arranged in July, but because of the circumstance, the festival will be held in August this year. Experiencing this festival will be worth your time. 

 

3. Meet the locals from Magerøya 

People from Magerøya are something special. If you stay over a period of time, you might experience to get invited in on a cup of coffee by the locals because of their curiosity. The locals on Magerøya are proud of their town and the North Cape has deep root in their hearts. The population are genuine and direct. We are sure that you´ll have good stories and memories when you leave Magerøya, with a desire to come back and visit our spescial people. 

 

4. The fishing villages on Magerøya 

Fishing is a very important industry on Magerøya and originates from our beautiful fishing villages. We have four unique inhabited fishing villages on Magerøya; Skarsvåg, Gjesvær, Kamøyvær and Nordvågen. Skarsvåg is the northernmost fishing village. A short hike from Skarsvåg will take you to the phenomena Kirkeprten. When you reach Kirkeporten you will see a formation in mountain shaped as a gate which is a hot spot for discovering the midnight sun. Gjæsvær is a historic fishing village with roots all the way back to the Viking age. In Gjesvær you will also find Northern Europe´s largest and most accessible bird mountain called Gjesværstappan. Kamøyvær is a small fishing village with a large Knven population. Nordvågen is the largest fishing village on the island. 

 

5. Historical Magerøya

Did you know that Finnmark was the area hardest hit during World War II? Imagine Germans evacuating locals away from the island, looting and burning down all buildings, except one. Honningsvåg Church was saved by the Germans, and the church sits deep in the hearts of the locals to this day. We recommend that you learn more about Norwegian war history by visiting the North Cape Museum or the museum inside the North Cape Hall. It is also possible to visit the remaining church. Spend the summer at Magerøya and return home with strong historical impression and a goosebumps experience back in time.

 

6. Naked nature 

Driving the highway to North Cape? Then we can guarantee wild and beautiful nature as far the eye can see. The driveway to Magerøya is truly a breathtaking journey. The nature on Magerøya consists of a rugged and rocky landscape. Whether you arrive by plane, by boat or take the highway to the island, expect raw and arctic nature. On the island you can discover hikes for the most experienced hiker to the very newcomer. 

 

7. Wildlife 

One of the reasons to visit Magerøya during the summer is to get up close to the unique wildlife. You might think that reindeer only exists at the North Pole? That’s not quite true. Like you, the reindeer also spend their summer holidays on Magerøya. Do not be surprised if the cute reindeer gives you a helping hand with the gardening, or if you see them strolling around in the town of Honningsvåg. Usually there are to be found in the mountain or along the highway, so watch out if you are out driving. 

 

 8. The iconic North Cape

For over 300 years, people from all over the world have traveled to the North Cape to experience the northernmost point on the European mainland. Many personalities have taken the arduous journey north - kings, princes, adventurers and expedition and adventurers. Even for the locals, it is something very special to stand at the end of the world and look beyond the horizon. Do not miss a trip into the North Cape Hall. There you can learn more about Magerøyas rich history, eat a culinary meal and secure a memory home from the souvenir shop. Remember to watch the film that is shown daily in the cinema hall, where you get an insight into the local culture through all the seasons on the North Cape. A film that sheds light on how powerful, challenging and raw the forces of nature are here at the end of the world.


Did you know that Alta is responsible for 2 of the 7 Norwegian entries on UNESCO's World Heritage List?


Once you have first taken the trouble to travel all the way to northern Norway, you might just as well go the whole way: put on your thermals and your woolly hat, climb into a sleeping bag and sleep like an angel in a room constructed of snow. Because Sorrisniva has a 2,500m2 igloo hotel, located just outside the Northern Lights city of Alta, where you will be ideally positioned for seeing the Northern Lights.