Heads up while you are in Fairbanks as the sky is a canvas for miraculous things. From April 22 through August 20, the time period hailed as the Midnight Sun Season, the sun floods the sky and people can witness sunsets merging with sunrises in the middle of the night. As the season progresses, the sun’s cyclical path across the sky elevates to a point where there is no darkness only light. Ultimately, Fairbanks experiences 70 straight days of light from approximately May 17 through July 27. In honor of the midnight sun and in order for people to understand how this far north locale is impacted by the sun’s trajectory, Explore Fairbanks created a Midnight Sun Stamp.
The Midnight Sun Stamp specifies the time, date and location the photograph was taken revealing how light the sky remains for the duration of the night. To kick off usage of the Midnight Sun Stamp, Explore Fairbanks engaged local photographers to capture the sun around the clock from 9 pm to 5 am. The photo series illustrates how the sub-arctic landscape is transformed via an enchanting, prolonged twilight. The new photo blog can be viewed on the Explore Fairbanks website. All photos were taken in the Fairbanks area between 9 pm and 5 am in June of 2022.
Many people don’t think to put experiencing 24 hours of light on their bucket list, but they should. The marvel of continuous light creates an irresistible, intangible energy and has an uplifting and rejuvenating effect. Fairbanks has long been known as the “Land of the Midnight Sun” and the new Midnight Sun Stamp is a welcome tool alongside the Midnight Sun Tracker, also found on Explore Fairbanks’ website, which offers the precise number of daylight hours for any day of the year. The midnight sun is synonymous with summertime in Fairbanks, Alaska, and Explore Fairbanks welcomes travelers to come bask in the sun and experience 24 hours of light.