By Erika Owen
January 24, 2017

Come mid-May, Iceland doesn't experience much "nighttime." Sure, those overnight hours reserved for sleeping still exist of course, but the darkness doesn't. The sun rises around 4am and sets around 11pm, but instead of the pitch-black nightfall we're all used to there's just a few hours of photo-worthy dusk until the sun takes over again. In those seven hours, a rainbow of color takes over the sky—the perfect backdrop for any Instagram-worthy photo.

Since the phenomenon is just about finished—nighttime starts coming back at the end of August—we're going to have to wait a while to experience this first-hand. Until then, the video above taken by Vimeo users Henry Jun Wah Lee and Evosia should give you enough eye candy to justify planning a trip to see the Midnight Sun next year.

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.