Fun under the midnight sun:
Have you ever wondered what it's like to live without time? You can find out in Northern Norway, thanks to the mesmerising midnight sun and endless summer nights. Get a taste from a few travellers who are experiencing it for the very first time.
"When the midnight sun is up, I often swim at night. Who cares about time when the sun never sets?" says Andreas Jogi Arild, a Norwegian local.
Kazzy, from Wales, Ruby, from London, and Luca, from Italy, listen eagerly, but seem pretty nervous when asked to hand over their watches and phones. For the next week, they will surrender themselves to the pace of mother nature, and the peace she offers.
Visit Norway invited the three travellers to join The Timeless Society in Northern Norway in order to experience what life is like without the concept of time.
With guidance from northern locals Andreas, Inga, and Rowan, the group discovers that activities like hiking, kayaking, fishing and yoga can take place at any time of day or night, even after midnight!
"I don't think I've been anywhere as incredible as this!" says Ruby.
Under the midnight sun
In Northern Norway, the sun doesn’t set between May and July. If you're not used to it, it's strange to never see the sun dip below the horizon. But this means you can do more outdoors when the weather is good, or just sit back, relax and enjoy the company of friends amidst some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.
It's truly magical when the sun is out (after all, this is Northern Norway!). You’ll probably experience the same boost as the locals – you just don't feel like going to bed early! A kind of midnight sun madness hits the whole population, because you don't want to waste these beautiful moments. You might spot the locals painting their houses, washing their cars, or visiting their neighbours at some pretty unusual times.
More time for active fun
Northern Norway is a playground for anyone who wants to enjoy the outdoors at any time of year. But it must be said that the area is extra special when it's bathed in gold in the summertime. You might have to sacrifice a long night of sleep, but it will be worth it.
"I thought it would be difficult for me to stay in the sun 24 hours a day, but I didn't feel tired at all. The sun gives you energy," says Luca Celentano.
It's incredible how much you can experience in a week when you don't have to worry about the daylight fading away.
Although the midnight sun is only present in the north, the entire country gets plenty of light during summer. The sun dips just below the horizon for a few brief hours, so the absence of darkness and the feeling of “white nights” can be experienced as far south as Southern Norway – where the sun sets very late in midsummer.
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