You might have heard of the midnight sun, but do you know about polar night?
Both phenomena happen inside the polar circles, but while the midnight sun occurs when daytime lasts for twenty-four hours, polar night is the exact opposite. Cities that experience polar night also often have prolonged periods of darkness during which they don't have light for a month or more.
Check out nine fascinating places around the world that have polar night below!
1. Barrow, Alaska, USA
Barrow is famous for being the northernmost city in the United States and having excellent views of the aurora borealis.
2. Hammerfest, Norway
In fact, most locations that have polar night are great places to see the most amazing light show in the sky.
3. Eureka, Nunavut, Canada
Some cities, like this one in Canada, stop seeing the sun long before the winter solstice, which marks the shortest daylight for the rest of us.
4. Qaanaaq, Greenland
The city of Qaanaaq goes almost four straight months without sunlight every year.
5. Ivalo, Finland
During polar night, it's not pitch black all the time. When the sun is just below the horizon around noon, it creates a twilight-like atmosphere.
6. Atqasuk, Alaska, USA
When the sun rises in these places again, it ushers in up to six months of twenty-four-hour light.
7. South Pole, Antarctica
Antarctica is the only place far enough south to have polar night.
8. Kiruna, Sweden
The first ice hotel in the world is located about 11 miles away from Kiruna.
9. Longyearbyen, Norway
The name of this settlement isn't actually in reference to the dark periods it experiences -- it was named after John Munro Longyear.
I have to add these places to my bucket list. I'd love to see the northern lights and then get a nap in while it's dark.