Catching the midnight sun’s rays
June 14, 2009
With only a week to go before the days start getting shorter again, Norwegians are flocking outdoors to get the most out of the long “white nights” of June. In northern Norway, the midnight sun shone in all its glory over the weekend.
This is the time of year when Norwegians living north of the Arctic Circle are enjoying days when the sun never sets. The weather cooperated brilliantly over the weekend, and that prompted the locals to soak up the midnight rays while they could.
Many headed for Nupen in Kvæfjord township, recently hailed as one of “Norway’s most romantic spots” by the magazine Reiser og Ferie (roughtly translated, “Travels and Holiday”).
The article has attracted a lot of attention in the area around Harstad, which is located close to Nupen in Troms County. Highway 1 between Ervika in Harstad Township and Borkenes in Kvæfjord runs right by Nupen, already locally known for its grand views of the midnight sun long before the national magazine recognition came along.
The seaside vista point was packed with visitors late Friday night and into the wee small hours of Saturday. Young and old come year after year to relish the summer nights along the rocky coast, watching the sun dip close to the horizon only to slowly start rising again.
It won’t be long before the sun actually will fall below the horizon again — and eventually disappear completely in the deep and dark month of December. Few want to think about that now.