The midnight sun is a natural phenomenon that occurs in the summer months in places north of the Arctic Circle and south of the Antarctic Circle. Due to Alaska’s extreme northern latitude, the sun rises earlier and sets later than most other places on the planet during the summer months. As you travel
further north above the Arctic Circle, the changing latitude has an even greater influence on the length of the midnight sun.
In Barrow, the northernmost city in the United States and Alaska’s largest village, the midnight sun doesn’t set for more than 80 days in the heart of summer. It is a time when local residents shake off the long, dark winter, when there is a corresponding lack of daylight for two months, and work and play outdoors with increased energy. Summer visitors to Barrow will tell you experiencing the magic of the midnight sun is a highlight of their trip.