The land above the Arctic Circle is truly the land of the midnight sun. In the summer, sunlight bathes the north both day and night, as the North Pole points toward the sun. The sun circles continuously for at least one day at the Arctic Circle, and as long as six months at the North Pole, giving the Arctic a short, but intense burst of life in summer. Light and darkness, however, rule in turn. As autumn turns to winter, daylight fades and temperatures drop. Twilight passes for day. The midnight sun of summer is replaced with the stars, the moon, and the aurora dancing across the night sky.