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Midnight Sun

Witness a unique natural phenomenon—Polar Day


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During summer, you will not be able to enjoy the stars in Alaska because the sun just doesn’t set. It means there’s no night at all during summertime. At first, it may be a bit unusual and confusing for those who aren't familiar with Polar Day, but it’s something very special that everyone should witness at least once. Late evenings during Polar Day are considered very beautiful ​because they appear as an endless sunset.

One of the best places to experience Midnight Sun is Fairbanks, the northermost city in the United States, located in just 196 mi (315 km) from the Arctic Circle. Fairbanks is often called “the Land of the Midnight Sun” because it experiences 70 straight days from late April through late July. Local people use this extra time to go fishing, running, hiking and cycyling. Days can be extended endlessly in Fairbanks during the summer with plenty of fun activities.

Fairbanks Midnight Sun Festival (June 21, 2020)

Every June, around the summer solstice, downtown Fairbanks hosts a fun 12-hour street fair called Midnight Sun Festival. It's packed with live music, various entertainment, food trucks and stalls, as well as Alaskan crafts and souvenirs. A large BBQ cook-off and plenty of fun activities will keep you awake through Polar Day.

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