Many people don’t think to put experiencing 24 hours of light on their bucket list, but they should. In Fairbanks, Alaska, from April 22 through August 20, golden sunlight floods the sky and people can witness sunsets merging with sunrises in the middle of the night. As the Midnight Sun Season progresses, the sun’s cyclical path across the sky elevates to a point where there is no darkness, only light. Ultimately, Fairbanks experiences 70 straight days of light from May 17 through July 27.
The marvel of continuous light creates an irresistible, intangible energy and has an uplifting and rejuvenating effect. All things green and growing undergo rapid transformations leading to plate-sized dahlias, 300-plus-pound pumpkins and ever-so-lovely hanging plants. People are energized and out and about at all hours engaging in middle-of-the-night activities like playing golf, running, walking the dog, floating the Chena River or watching a baseball game by the light of the midnight sun.
The midnight sun is synonymous with summertime in Fairbanks and the “Land of the Midnight Sun” is waiting to welcome you as you experience 24 hours of light.