Since the 18th of May, Midnight Sun is officially up in Tromsø, arctic Norway! It’s hasn’t been really dark already since midst of April. With the Midnight Sun comes spring in arctic Norway, and with it mating season for most birds. Living right at the fjord, this can cause some noisy nights, as especially seagulls and oystercatchers can make a hell of a noise. But that’s temporary, and watching the soft light of the Midnight Sun makes it all worth it anyway. Time looses meaning, and most Norwegians need less sleep during this period. 5 – 6 hours is totally sufficient, while it is the opposite during Polar Night. Living in arctic Norway means living with the arctic seasons. As light is always very special here, during Midnight Sun, which lasts from the end of May until the end of July, it casts an extremely soft light over the mountains and fjords, with varying colors. “Sunsets” last for hours, and go seamlessly over into equally long lasting sunrises. Brown trees suddenly explode in fresh green, and nature seems to take a deep breath after one of the longest winters in decades. Everything changes amazingly fast now.
But what does living under the Midnight Sun actually mean? Many companies have changing working hours, and working more during the autumn and winter season and less during summer. So in my fulltime job I’m working 8:00 – 15:45 half the year, and 8:00 – 15:00 the other half. Besides that everything goes as normal. The summer holidays, starting in the end of June until middle of August, are called the “common holidays”, as the majority of Norwegians takes out their, usually 5 weeks, holiday during this time. So there’s not much happening and everything is kind of “paused” during this time in terms of business/work.
Norwegians use the Midnight Sun to spend a lot of time outside, either working on a project or hiking/fishing etc. Every Norwegian has one or several projects, always. If it’s renovating the house, the cabin, an old boat or car – everyone always has a project going. Bedrooms have (mostly) light-tight sunscreens to block out the sun and be able to sleep. They are usually nothing fancy, and if you need complete darkness you might struggle without a sleep mask. (Affiliate links)