Sea of Tranquility

Photo Gallery: The Land of the Midnight Sun

After I had been dreaming of the land of the midnight sun for years, I eventu­ally made it real in the summer of 2003.  As it turned out, it was not so easy to ex­perience the midnight sun (because of the clouds and mountains to the north), but there were also a lot more things to see. Here are some of them.
Sun late at night and tree silhouette, Älvsbyn, Sweden, 2003The town of Älvsbyn is located around 100 km south of the arctic circle; and therefore, there is no real mid­night sun.  Never­the­less, I found the sun at 10:30 pm impressive, when I viewed it from a hill. Polarbröd bakery, Älvsbyn, Sweden, 2003 Although Älvsbyn is located south of the arctic circle, it is ob­viously close enough to qualify for some aspects of the arctic region: it has an bakery that produces arctic bread. Sun at 12:00 pm, Tromsø, Norway, 2003 Tromsø is located on a latitude of about 69°30', and I finally saw the mid­night sun - at normal mid­night (12:00 pm). As the mountains' height de­creases noticeably to the north, the sun is still visible at true mid­night (at around 12:40 pm).
Sun late at night and tree silhouette, Älvsbyn, Sweden, 2003.

Polarbröd bakery, Älvsbyn, Sweden, 2003.

Sun at 12:00 pm, Tromsø, Norway, 2003.

My watch on July 7, 2003, 12:00 pm, Tromsø, Norway To record the exact date and time, I took a picture of my watch on July 7, 2003, 12:00 pm. The mid­night sun's light was suffici­ent for this picture. Lichen on rock in Abisko river, Abisko National Park, Sweden, 2003 The Lake Torne­träsk and the Lapporten (the Lapponian Gate, the character­istic mountain group) belong to the most well-known natural beauties of Lapp­land in north Sweden.  I liked the place so well that I stayed an additional day. The Abisko river a few kms before its mouth, Abisko National Park, Sweden, 2003 The Abisko river runs through seeming­ly un­touched wilder­ness.  A few kilo­meters before its mouth, it takes this bend before it flows through a beauti­ful gorge.  The location is at the north end of the well-known "Kungs­leden" (royal trail). The only problem that I had to face were billions of mosquitos!
My watch on July 7, 2003, 12:00 pm, Tromsø, Norway.

Lake Torneträsk and the Lapporten, Abisko National Park, Sweden, 2003.

The Abisko river a few kms before its mouth, Abisko National Park, Sweden, 2003.

Lichen on rock in Abisko river, Abisko National Park, Sweden, 2003 Where the gorge gradually ends, there are rocks in the river­bed.  If the water is low enough, you can walk around on them.  This way, I dis­covered the orange lichen at a rock's edge. Water flow into rock channel, Abisko National Park, Sweden, 2003 When I looked at the rocks and the water flow more closely, I dis­covered that there was a pool in the river­bed that over­flowed into into a rock channel forming little ripples. Midnight sun behind clouds, north of Abisko National Park, Sweden, 2003 The Lin­bana (a chair­lift) operates from 11:00 pm to 1:00 am during the period of the mid­night sun. It leads up the mountain Njulla, south of the lake. I used it to get up on the mountain, but the sun had de­cided to hide behind the cloud cover.
Lichen on rock in Abisko river, Abisko National Park, Sweden, 2003.

Water flow into rock channel, Abisko National Park, Sweden, 2003.

Midnight sun behind clouds, north of Abisko National Park, Sweden, 2003.