Crossed the Arctic Circle on the train to Bodo
Trip Start May 07, 2006
109Trip End Nov 10, 2006
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+ got my ass up early to catch one of two trains that goes up to Bodo
+ pretty train ride, great landscape
+ not much to see in Bodo, gonna grab the ferry a bit after mid-night to the Lofoten Islands
On the train ride we cross the Arctic Circle. The Arctic Circle is basically an imaginary line at about 66.5 degrees latitude (I made it a whole 2 degrees higher, wahoo!). Everything above it is considered the Arctic. Above this line during the summer, the sun is above the horizon for 24hrs at least once a year and during the winter its below the horizon for 24hrs at least once a year. The higher above this line that you go, the more extreme it is (the sunnier or the darker). I was a bit late to see the "mid-night sun" where the sun is above the sky at mid-night (I would have had to go further north), but I honestly wouldn't have known it because it never got dark. Mid-night was like 7pm in NY (or Texas), 2am was like 8pm (in the summer). It was always light out, it was like the everlasting sunset and sunrise (they never ended because the sun was never far below the horizon). It is perhaps one of the strangest things that I have ever experienced. Everyone has trouble going to bed because it doesn't feel late, at some point you just have to force yourself to pass out (curtains are key). Its tough to tell what time it is as well, you can never guess correctly by looking at the sunlight. It was quite fun though because you can go for a hike at 10pm or midnight, its like a never ending day and you can pack so much stuff in.
The picture below was taken at 11:30pm in Bodo: