What time does it get dark in Alaska?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Carousel Realty of Dyer County Tn 248435000

no darkness

The hardest thing for me to get used to in Alaska was the time. Down below is my watch which I took a picture of one night. I believe I was in Denali which is just south of Fairbanks.

The watch shows a time of 11:32 and it still was not dark. I went in and went to bed. someone told me it really does not get dark until about 2am. Sometimes I was up at 5 and it was already more light than it was at 11:32.

Also, did you know that Alaska is one hour earlier than Pacific time?  So if it is 12 noon in New York it is 8am in Alaska. I always though there was just eastern time, central time, mountain time and pacific time.


I will upload the picture as soon as that feature works again!


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Mike Kelly
Mike Kelly Realty - Blairsville, GA

A few years ago we were in Fairbanks, AK in July. At midnight, we were sitting in a restaurant which overlooked a lake. It was totally daylight and we watched people riding on their Jet-Skis aound the lake. When do they sleep?

May 27, 2009 01:55 PM #1
Steve Hoffacker
Hoffacker Associates LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
New Home Sales Trainer, Aging-In-Place Instructor


I knew it was light in Alaska, but virtual total light. Did know that about the time zones. :)


May 27, 2009 03:15 PM #2
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

There are 24 time zones...  Actually, there might be a couple that are on half hours, too... 

I would love to get up there and see the midnight sun.

May 27, 2009 09:43 PM #3
Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Mike - on June 21, the day of the summer solstice,  you can get tee times 24 hours a day at at least one course in Fairbanks.

May 28, 2009 07:31 AM #4
Kevin Robinson
Twin Falls, ID
Now Buying in Lake Tahoe and Hawaii

My mom lived in AK for a bit and she had to put foil on the windows in the summer.

May 28, 2009 10:10 AM #5
Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN

I would Love to see the Northern lights - did you get that chance Mike?



May 28, 2009 10:30 AM #6
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Dyersburg Tn Real Estate

I di dnot see the northern lights because I did not see any darkness.

May 28, 2009 10:39 AM #7
Brian Brumpton
Keller Williams Boise - Boise, ID
Boise Idaho Real Estate

I don't know that I could get used to that.  That would be as bad as when your parents made you go to bed as kid when it was still bright outside.

Jun 02, 2009 12:35 PM #8
Renee Busse
Tennessee Realty - Dyersburg, TN
ABR,ePRO Dyer Co. TN Real Estate


Did not know that Alaska had a different time zone, that's interesting. But I did hear there is about 6 months of daylight in the summer and 6 months of darkness in the winter. I definitely would have to choose the summer months. Really enjoying reading about y'alls adventure in Alaska.

Jun 03, 2009 01:32 PM #9

How long is the daylight and darkness in May?

Mar 25, 2012 09:53 AM #10
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