When we talk about the north and the Arctic, most of us picture snow, ice, and the northern lights, with a few polar bears and a narwhal thrown in for good measure. I for one think of dog sleds, biting winds, and the endless dark of winter — I’ve certainly never thought of the far north as a summer destination. I turned to Instagram to prove myself wrong and was schooled — very quickly — on the fact that when the sun barely sets, there’s a hell of a lot to see, explore, and do at the top of the world. Check out some of these ‘grams to see what the rest of the world is missing.
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Descending into Iqaluit, in the province of Nunavut in Canada, looks almost tropical.
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When the sun never sets, you can enjoy a midnight paddle like it ain’t no thang. This is the Kenai River, Alaska at 11:00 PM.
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Yellowknife, Northwest Territories comes alive with blues and greens.
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That summertime glow lights up Trondheim, Norway.
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Those long, almost neverending, sunsets in Sweden aren’t too shabby, either.
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So, sunset rainbows are a thing. This was taken at 11:30 PM outside Fairbanks, Alaska.
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The Bahamas. No, wait. It’s another view from Nunavut.
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You can hang out in the bustling metropolis of Longyearbyen, Norway, the northernmost city in the world.
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Waking up at Kathleen Lake, Yukon Territories looks alright.
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The famous Dalton Highway in Alaska under the midnight sun.
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Lofoten, Norway manages to look foreboding and tropical at the same time.
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Hiking Nares Mountain in the Yukon brings crazy views of glacial lakes and still-snow-capped mountains.
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Purple midnight sunsets at the North Pole, Alaska sound like a bucket-lister to me.
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As does island hopping in northern Norway.
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You could literally paddle between glaciers, like this guy did at the Spencer Glacier in Alaska.
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Or you can cruise among mighty giants in Greenland.
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Kick back on the seemingly endless stretch of sand at Bishop’s Beach outside Homer, AK.
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You can hold the sun that barely sets in the palm of your hand in Lapland, Finland.
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And just outside Longyearbyen, we’re back to looking strangely tropical.
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