Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Land of the Midnight Sun…

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?


16 comments:

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

awesome!! love the views. that is so wild. thank you for sharing. ( :

kat from ky. said...

My husband is called "Troll!", no relation! I have so enjoyed Norway. I love the legends etc; Thanks for the story and the pics.

TexWisGirl said...

norway has the most spectacular light in all of blogland. :) loved that: 'waiting for the sun to not set'. :)

Pamela Gordon said...

That is totally cool! I love the non setting sun and the beautiful sky and water but that hole in the mountain is really amazing! Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos. Have a super weekend!

augcott said...

What a wonderful story!
And that is way cool ....
I think I would go crazy if the sun was out at midnight here! :-)

Lydia Martin said...

The midnight sun is beautiful and beautifully captured here!

Nicki said...

What an awesome setting - midnight sun and a massive rock with a hole - too, too cool!

Chatty Crone said...

That is soooooooooooooo beautiful - sandie

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

So beautiful it hurts. It must have been amazing to experience the midnight sun. And that rock formation--awesome with the hole! I like the legend that goes with it.

MEcoy said...

each view was magical but i like that mountain shot the most

Rose said...

I LOVE the long shadows in these, and love, love, love the fourth one!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

That has to be one of the most interesting places in a very interesting world. Great photo.

Growing up in S.E. Alaska, I remember the long days - though we never had the sun up at midnight, we could still read a newspaper at around midnight - if we ever wanted to stay up that late and read a newspaper. LOL

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

That has to be one of the most interesting places in a very interesting world. Great photo.

Growing up in S.E. Alaska, I remember the long days - though we never had the sun up at midnight, we could still read a newspaper at around midnight - if we ever wanted to stay up that late and read a newspaper. LOL

Amazing wonders in my life said...

Fantastic view

Kelly said...

These are breathtaking Barbara. I'm going to have go peruse your blog for more!! Great story...and as always, thank you for popping into my corner.

Stratoz said...

Cool indeed. Ella sings a fine version of The Midnight Sun