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Summer Solstice

Join guests on deck for an unforgettable day at sea. Cross the Arctic Circle into the Land of the Midnight Sun at Summer Solstice. During Summer Solstice, which stems from the Latin word for “sun stands still,” the area above the Arctic Circle basks in 24 hours of daylight. Instead of setting, the sun settles before beginning its climb again. Darkness never falls. Icelanders traditionally celebrate with bonfires and feasts, midnight golf tournaments, and fun runs. Enjoy a lively atmosphere on board. Bring your binoculars to the deck to spot seabirds, such as the colorful puffins and acrobatic Arctic terns that thrive in these parts. Take full advantage—cast off your watch, forget about your regular bedtime and soak in those midnight rays.