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Land of the midnight sun: Where to go for 24 hours of sunshine

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Some places around the globe are famous for experiencing 24 hours of sunlight seasonally. The occurrence is called "midnight sun," because the sun remains visible almost throughout the day, and often happens during summers around the summer solstice, which is on June 21, 2019. From Norway and Finland to Russia and Canada, here's a look at places that experience this phenomenon.

Rovaniemi, Finland

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A popular destination for viewing the Northern Lights, the Finns consider the Lapland capital the official hometown of Santa Claus.

Sunlight on the solstice: 24 hours

Longyearbyen, Norway

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Famous for vast stretches of cotton grass fields in the mountain valley north of the town, Longyearbyen is one of the northernmost towns in the world.

Sunlight on the solstice: 24 hours

Murmansk, Russia

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The port city is famous for its cultural and archaeological artifacts, including the Lenin icebreaker – a decommissioned 1950s nuclear-powered ship that is now a museum.

Sunlight on the solstice: 24 hours

Tromsø, Norway

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Known for its spectacular scenery, the city is home to the world's northernmost university – the University of Tromsø.

Sunlight on the solstice: 24 hours

Inuvik, Canada

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Experiencing an average of 56 days of 24-hour sunlight in the summer, the place has several beautiful attractions, including the famous Our Lady of Victory Church, which is also called Igloo Church.

Sunlight on the solstice: 24 hours

Hammerfest, Norway

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Situated on the northwestern coast of the island of Kvaløya, the town is famous for its ice-free harbor and Melkøya Island, which has a large natural gas-processing station.

Sunlight on the solstice: 24 hours

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, US

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Fields of wildflowers during the brief Arctic summer provide a welcome habitat for migratory birds such as sea ducks, geese and swans and animals such as the caribou, which visit during June and July to give birth to and raise their young.

Sunlight on the solstice: 24 hours

Ilulissat, Greenland

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Featuring the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Icefjord, the city is also famous for its beautiful landscape, dog sledding and cultural exploration.

Sunlight on the solstice: 24 hours

Boden, Sweden

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Situated near the coastal city of Luleå, it is famous for river valleys that give the region its character and offer beautiful natural views.

Sunlight on the solstice: 24 hours

Sisimiut, Greenland

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Located on the coast of the Davis Strait and dotted with several brightly colored houses, the city offers summer activities such as whale safaris, trekking, fishing and hunting.

Sunlight on the solstice: 24 hours

Bodø, Norway

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One of the largest towns in Norway, it is an excellent base for visiting the country's famous attractions, including Saltstraumen, Svartisen glacier and the islands of Lofoten.

Sunlight on the solstice: 24 hours

Oulu, Finland

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Oulu is a blend of old-world charm and modernity. While its city center is spread across islands linked with cycleways and bridges, it is also an important technology center and one of Europe's "living labs." Some of its attractions include kauppatori (the market square) and the Turkansaaren open-air museum.

Sunlight on the solstice: 22 hours 2 minutes

Fairbanks, Alaska, US

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Popularly called the Golden Heart City, the land with a rich gold mining history has several attractions, including Chena Lake Recreation Area and University of Alaska Museum.

Sunlight on the solstice: 21 hours 49 minutes

Reykjavik, Iceland

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The high point during summer here is the setting of the sun, which is best viewed either from the lighthouse at Grotta in Seltjarnarne or the waterfront by Sólfar – the Sun Voyager sculpture (pictured).

Sunlight on the solstice: 21 hours 8 minutes

Whitehorse, Canada

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Named after the former Whitehorse Rapids on the Yukon River, the city has some of the cleanest and pollution-free air in the world, according to the WHO. It is famous for its river valleys and beautiful natural views.

Sunlight on the solstice: 19 hours 9 minutes

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