Tourist captures midnight sunrise in Norway on camera

A travelling photographer has captured the striking moment the midnight sun shone over mountain peaks and a blanket of fog in Norway.

Stein Simonsen captured incredible aerial footage of the sun as it hung over the mountains on the island of Senja, Norway.

Last month Stein climbed the mountain ridge with his girlfriend, Kine Antonsen, and pierced through the sea of fog that was hovering on the island and get a view of the sun.

“The midnight sun season lasts a couple of months during the summer, from the end of May to the end of July, and you can only see it in northern Norway," Simonsen said.

“I used to live in Senja and got used to the midnight sun, however this night took my breath away."

A similar thing happens at Antarctica, but unlike the Arctic Circle, there are no populated areas that would be affected by it.

In northern parts of Finland, the sun doesn't set for 60 days in summer.

Some areas experience a phenomenon known as 'white nights.' This occurs when the sun sets just a few degrees below the horizon so places like St Petersburg in Russia experience twilight conditions overnight.

This strange lighting event has led to white night parties and festivals which take place in June and July across many northern cities in countries from Iceland to Canada.