Yukon: the land of light

In a time when cities are expanding and it seems difficult to find a corner of the world in which to find peace, space to admire the world and nature, the Yukon is the place that still preserves that “simple” soul where you can enjoy things essential and more natural than life. Here being able to look up towards the sky and admire the stars without being disturbed by too many artificial lights is the simplest you can do.

Between the end of August and April the greatest spectacle is represented by the stars that form the Milky Way but above all by the Northern Lights, which performs its colorful dance in the northern skies.

If in winter it is the arctic light that enjoys playing with the colors of sunset and sunrise, in spring and summer everything changes gradually as the days go by. With the beginning of spring, the days get longer until the sun never sets in March.

The light that lasts 24 hours could create discomfort and generate strange behaviors but, at the same time, it also gives some advantages that only in the Yukon and other northern lands exist: if you want you can start reading a book at midnight sitting in front of your window or maybe go out at 2 am to go for a run. The peak of summer, or rather the solstice, arrives on June 21st and, in the Yukon, you can take the Dempster Highway to the Arctic Circle then take a selfie with the sun chasing the clouds all day.

View down highway, snow, Ogilvie Mountains along the Dempster Highway
© Government of Yukon

If at the Arctic Circle the sun never sets in summer, it is true that the same happens with the famous phenomenon that photographers know as the “golden hour”. It is the moment when the sun sets, the sky is colored with incredible shades and for photographers it becomes the best time to capture breathtaking images. In the Yukon and with the midnight sun, the golden hour can last for hours. If you have the time and desire to take pictures, get ready and enjoy!

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