Experience Alaska's summer solstice with these 12 spectacular photos

Summer solstice is a big deal in Alaska. To celebrate the longest day of the year — when the sun never sets or barely sets across much of the state, offering just a few hours of cool twilight — many Alaskans take to the outdoors or stay up late to capture the setting sun. To honor this year's solstice, which fell on Monday, here are 12 spectacular solstice shots from around Alaska.

Midnight Sun ain’t too bad #solsticesunset

A photo posted by Jeffry Hesse (@aygueyguey) on

10:30pm on the solstice in #anchorage #alaska

A photo posted by Charlotte Newman (@charlepaigne) on