While we here are sweating our bottoms off in this blinding Indian summer, an island in Norway is crusading for their summers to go longer.     

Sommarøy, which is also known as the ‘summer Island’ in Norway will be going through a summer solstice where the sun will not set between May 18 and July 26. This means that the island is going to have a full 69 days of sun and no nights at all.  


To enjoy this time of the year, the islanders gathered at their town hall to sign a petition for a ‘time-free’ zone during this entire period.        

In the middle of the night, which city folk might call ‘2 a.m.,’ you can spot children playing soccer, people painting their houses or mowing their lawns, and teens going for a swim. To many of us, getting this in writing would simply mean formalizing something we have been practicing for generations.  

This island which comprises of just 300 people is aiming to get this petition sanctioned so that they can live a life free of conventional timings. The people of the island want to have a flexible school and work timing where they can go around without any restrictions.      

Due to the island’s positioning near the Arctic Circle, the sun doesn’t rise at all between the months of November to January.