Photo: Late evening sun over the mountains of Kirkefjord from the summit of Reinebringen, Moskenesøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway. May 23, 2019. 23:12
Spring? Summer? Or does it really matter? While I normally consider May to be spring here on Lofoten, for all intents and purposes, summer has already arrived this year. Most areas of the islands are already quite green and the fields are begging to fill with flowers as the grass grows higher and higher. And it a couple more days, the sun will not set again – already early this morning the sun was rising from the sea just after 01:30 when I got home from hiking on Reinebringen.
The midnight sun – if you want to define it as being able to see the sun at midnight – has already arrived here on Lofoten some days ago. But that is not the real midnight sun here. For Lofoten, the midnight sun is above the horizon the entire night, never setting. So that will arrive within the week. The main difference is that due to European Summer time, the sun does not reach its lowest point until around 01:00, not midnight.
Only locations north of the Arctic Circle, located at 66˚33’, will have 24 hour sunlight during summer – increasing in length the further north one is. With Lofoten at 68˚ north, the islands enjoy around 6 week of 24 hour sunlight.
I am also highlighting Reinebringen today as a reminder that work will begin on the stone pathway in the beginning of June – during which time hiking on the mountain will be forbidden. Please, leave the workers in peace so they can do their job. Do not attempt to go around any barriers. The trail project has been many years in the works at the cost of millions of Norwegian Kroner. Hopefully it will be completed by middle of July at the latest.
I know travel has changed in the last decade and now there is mostly an emphasis on showing that you’ve been to bucket-list locations, than actually just going out and seeing what you find. But on Lofoten alone, There are literally hundreds of other hikes possible – many with even better views, so be a little creative and maybe find something that isn’t on Instagram 247 million times already anyhow.
You can keep up to date with the latest information about Reinebringen from their facebook page: Reinebringen Lofoten
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