The evening before we crossed into the Arctic Circle, Greg and I decided to stay up until midnight to see if Norway truly is “The Land of the Midnight Sun.” Well, I’m here to tell you that, yes, the sun is still up at midnight in Northern Norway. Here are some of the photos I took while we waited for the sun to not set.
At some point while we were waiting around and being awed by the scenery, the captain came on and told us that because the weather was so good, he was going to take us to see Torghatten. Here it is:
I couldn’t get a very good picture of it because, in spite of the fact the sun was still up, it was low in the sky and opposite this interesting formation. But here’s the story of Torghatten according to Wikipedia: "According to legend, the hole was made by the troll Hestmannen while he was chasing the beautiful girl Lekamøya. As the troll realized he would not get the girl, he released an arrow to kill her, but the troll-king of Sømna threw his hat into the arrow's path to save her. The hat turned into the mountain with a hole in the middle. The tunnel is 160 metres (520 ft) long, 35 metres (115 ft) wide, and 20 metres (66 ft) high. It was formed during the Scandinavian ice age. Ice and water eroded the looser rocks, while the harder ones in the mountain top have resisted erosion."
Now isn't that cool?