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Midnight Sun Travel Guide*

Northern Norway is an otherworldly experience in the summer months when visitors enjoy the midnight sun. Even when cloudy, the daylit nights are hauntingly beautiful and surreal. Nights remain bright during the summer, with the sunset coming as late as 10:30 PM and sunrise as early as 3 AM.

In Scandinavia, daylight lasts for all 24 hours in June and July. Being near the poles, summertime means long daylit nights. The light of the midnight sun bathes the landscape with a faerie sheen and romantic glow. In winter, the region has Polar Nights, a few months in midwinter when there is barely any sunshine. Both Sweden and Norway also have plenty of natural wonders and attractions all year round.

The curtains of light called the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights are best viewed from Tromso, Norway. Visitors flock to Norway for its major ski resorts, which are some of the best in the world. There is downhill skiing for daredevils, cross-country for explorers, and other variations for all skiers. Whale watching off the coast of Norway is a great activity for nature lovers. There are tours that allow the more adventurous visitors to actually swim with the whales.

A highlight in Oslo is TusenFryd Amusement Park, one of the many wonderful parks in Norway. Built like Copenhagen’s Tivoli park, the place offers crazy rollercoaster rides, a waterpark, amusement rides, restaurants, souvenir shops, and Vikinglandent, an educational area featuring Viking history. At Slottsparken, near the Royal Palace, visitors can watch the changing of the guard.

Sweden has its own “Seven Wonders of Sweden”, the local version of the ‘Wonders of the World’. The honors go to the 150-mile long Göta Canal, the 13th century fortification around the entire city of Visby, the Vasa warship, the Jukkasjärvi Ice Hotel in Lappland, which melts every year, the 54-story Turning Torso skyscraper in Malmö, the 8-kilometer Oresund bridge connecting Denmark with Sweden, and Stockholm’s Globe arena, the biggest round building in the world.

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