Lands of the midnight sun and polar night

When the summer solstice nears in the Arctic Circle, there are days — and depending on the latitude, entire weeks — when the sun never quite sets. During the same period, it’s winter in the Antarctic Circle, and the sun never quite rises. Six months later, around the next solstice, the two switch. Here’s where to experience midnight sun and polar night for yourself.

Text by Chelsea Lin | Photo editing by Connie Ricca

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Mar 20, 2014 10:18AM
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I still vividly remember the reflection of the midnight sun on the Sun Voyager, a stainless steel structure-sculpture right on the Reykjavik bay by the Harpa building. It was very incredible to have the sun still shinning that late at night. Especially for people like me, used to see the sun hide behind the horizon at 8:30 pm max. Incredible and quite beautiful..
Jul 18, 2013 1:07PM
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Antarctica was left out.  I have been there 3 different times and it does get light and dark at different times.
Jul 18, 2013 9:29AM
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Beautiful, but having lived in Fairbanks they left out the winter where there isn't much sun at all.
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