During a summer day in Sweden, you can follow the circle of light from dawn to dusk, before stepping into the wonderful sunlight again. The night is barely noticeable. It is no wonder that Scandinavians are obsessed with light. With the blessing of seasons we also have the benefits, and challenges, of the daylight varying with them – and we’ve learned to cherish every moment.
In our part of the world, the number of daylight hours can vary between 6 and 18 hours per day. In the northernmost parts of Scandinavia, at the summer solstice, the sun does not go below the horizon at all – a phenomenon called the midnight sun. On the other hand, at the time of the winter solstice, the sun does not rise at all. At the place from which we origin, the small village of Fagerhult at Lake Vättern in southern Sweden, the contrasts are not that extreme, though there is still a big difference in the length of day and night depending on the season. In June, the sun will not set until after 10 PM only to rise again already at 4 AM. In between, we can enjoy a spectacular twilight.