How many hours of daylight does Alaska have?

Many first-time visitors to the Arctic and sub Arctic may not be aware of the extreme variations in daylight during the course of a year at high latitudes. The amount of daylight found in Alaska varies depending on the time of year and on the location's latitude. 

The farther north you travel in summer, the longer the days become. It's common to see people mowing their lawns at midnight in Fairbanks or Anchorage. Here are some sample daylight-hour maximums and minimums.

 Summer Maximum (June 21)

Whitehorse, 19 hours, 11 minutes

Fairbanks, 21 hours, 49 minutes

Anchorage, 19 hours, 21 minutes

 Winter Minimum (Dec. 21)

Whitehorse, 5 hours, 37 minutes

Fairbanks, 3 hours, 42 minutes

Anchorage, 5 hours, 28 minutes

The Alaska Climate Research Center has published some very useful graphs on their Web page showing the sunrise and sunset for a dozen locations in the state. This site can be found at: http://climate.gi.alaska.edu/weather/tourist/information.html#DAY