“The sun just dipped into the sea and rose again, red, refreshed, as if it had been down to drink. I could feel more strangely on those nights than anyone would believe,” wrote Knut Hamsun, the father of Norwegian literature in 1894.
He was talking about the magic of the Midnight Sun where the sun never sets, creating endless days. Now you can enjoy the same enchanting experience on Hurtigruten as you sail Norway’s spectacularly scenic coast on a summer adventure under the glow of the Midnight Sun. But more importantly, you can save up to 20 per cent off Hurtigruten’s Midnight Sun Expedition Cruise from Dover if you book before 31 March.
Your once-in-a-lifetime journey will take you to Norway’s hidden fjords, visiting charming coastal cities, idyllic fishing villages and exploring remote island archipelagos few ever visit. You’ll also discover the picturesque Reine in Lofoten, Lysefjord where you’ll see the famous Preikestolen viewpoint, and the stunning tranquillity of Hjørundfjord. Above the Polar Circle in the Arctic North, you’ll experience the incredible phenomenon of the Midnight Sun, where endless days are drenched in hazy warm hues. The Midnight Sun also ignites renewed energy in local people, stirring an irresistible social buzz as they stay up late into the night. The excitement is all pervading and permeates every walk of life.
Northern Norway enjoys 76 days of Midnight Sun from May to July where you will experience 24 hours of sunlight. Under the golden glow of the sun, colours become more vivid and shadows are elongated.
The midnight sun is a natural phenomenon that occurs during the summer in places south of the Antarctic Circle and north of the Arctic Circle – especially in Northern Norway.
As the earth rotates at a tilted axis relative to the sun, during the summer months, the North Pole is angled towards the sun. That’s why, for several weeks, the sun never sets above the Arctic Circle and Svalbard in Norway has the longest period of the midnight sun. Here, the sun doesn’t set between 20 April and 22 August.
Instead of forcing yourself to sleep, take a Hamsun book on deck and relish the joy of reading under the world’s most beautiful, natural light. Or simply, just let your thoughts wander as you contemplate the amazing light as it bounces off the ripples of the sea. This is the magic of the Midnight Sun, a special warm feeling you will always cherish and take home with you.
With Hurtigruten’s unique ability to sail close to the coast and land at places few expedition ships can, you’ll also explore places that are harder to reach. Discover remote and rugged islands like Værlandet, working fishing villages, well-preserved idylls such as Træna and Senja and unspoilt fjords like Hjørundfjord.