During What Months of the Year Is Alaska Dark?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 12, 2020 7:19:48 PM ET
Bruce McKay/CC-BY-SA 2.0

The amount of darkness in Alaska varies depending on location within the state, although the darkest months are typically between November and late January. Some cities in Alaska see more light than others during the darkest months. North of the Arctic Circle, locations such as Barrow may receive up to 67 days of total darkness in the year, while others are plunged into complete darkness only during the height of the winter solstice, which occurs around December 21.