Bright nights

In regards to my last post: there are some things I do like about summer. Like being able to walk “off road” in the forest without drowning in snow, hearing birds sing, and off course getting a few weeks of vacation. It’s not all bad. ;)

My favourite part about the (north) Swedish summer though is the light.

I’m not above the Arctic circle (it’s about 200km north of me actually) so we don’t have proper midnight sun where I live, but it’s pretty close. The sun sinks below the horizon and the sky changes from blue to purple and pink, and then… the sun starts rising again. It never gets dark, and it’s actually pretty amazing. :)
I have a step-cousin who lives in a city well above the Arctic circle, and this time of year I almost wish I lived there too just to have real midnight sun.

Here are some photos I took last night, around half past midnight:

Imaginary Karin - bright summer night

Imaginary Karin - bright summer night


  1. 24 June 2012

    Wow!! That midnight sun thing is pretty. Cool. It would be awesome if it didn’t really get fully dark. Amazing.

  2. 24 June 2012

    Urgh, I both love and hate this. :P Love because you could walk around in the middle of the night with little worry (or maybe I’m just a chicken… Plus I have no clue what Sweden’s safety is like!) And because I love that sky color – here in Utah, our sunsets are pretty much identical. I call them “cotton candy clouds”! :heart:

    However, for me, nighttime truly is the best time. I love the dark, hate the sun. Sun affects me SO badly, from headaches to fever like feelings and lots of burning/rashes. :sick:

    So I guess it’s a love/hate situation. ;)

  3. 25 June 2012

    That’s my favourite thing in Finnish summer! ^_^ And the fact that it’s all dark during winter is my favourite thing in winter. :P

  4. 26 June 2012

    Wow, it’s so bright there! I just moved to Alberta and I’m not used to the sun staying up until 11pm. I don’t know how dark it gets here because I never stay up late enough to see if the sun goes down.

  5. 27 June 2012

    Det är tretton år sedan jag flyttade från Norrbotten till Västerås och jag saknar fortfarande de ljusa nätterna, varenda sommar. Jag minns hur jag cyklade runt på byn mitt i natten, inte det minsta rädd för någonting. Det är annorlunda nu. Delvis på grund av var jag bor nu och delvis på grund av de mörka nätterna. Jag känner mig inte trygg utomhus efter mörkrets inbrott.

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