North Cape (Nordkapp), Midnight sun - Norway

North Cape – Norway

Hi Folks!

Midwinter (or winter solstice) marks the day with the shortest period of daylight. It’s certainly the low point of the annual cycle but who wouldn’t feel a bit festive as the amount of daylight begins gradually increasing. No wonder that back in the days the midwinter festival of “Yule” lasted for 12 days. Thank god Christmas took the place of Yule though, nowadays no one would have the energy and the time to keep up the celebration for that long. Although Christmas is a perfectly compact three days party, I could live without it. I prefer summer and the sun over Christmas trees and Santa Claus.

Nord Cape (Nordkapp) in Norway is a superb place for admiring the sun. I took these photos in Nordkapp last summer just when the sun reached the lowest point after the midnight. The view was extremely pleasing. By the way, Nordkapp is the northernmost point of Europe, so cross that off my bucket list. Beyond this point, there’s nothing but sea, perhaps a few fishes and eventually the North Pole.

– Gart

North Cape (Nordkapp) - Norway

North Cape (Nordkapp)

Havoygavlen Wind Farm, Norway

Havøygavlen Wind Farm – Norway

Hi Folks!

There’s something quite peculiar in Norway. Norwegians are ancestors of the most brutal Vikings tribes. They’ve settled the most remote places in northern Scandinavia, even fjords and mountains that are unlivable and commonly known to be terrorized by trolls and other nasty, little creatures. Norwegian toddlers are only fed with cod and seal’s eyeballs until they turn five. Arguments in primary school are settled with swords. By the time children reach 16, they are cast out from their families to survive on their own with nothing else with them than the clothing they wear (normally made from wolf fur), a fish hook and a war hammer. I guess rough measures are a necessity in tough environment such as Norway. Norwegians are warlike people, wild by their nature and tough as Mjölnir (JFGI). In fact, I’m quite convinced that Thor himself may have been the first Norwegian.

Although the youth in Norway live in inhumane conditions and one could argue that children’s rights are breached constantly, it gets better for them when they get older. The government of Norway rewards every Norwegian teenager who survives the first 18 years of their lives by providing them with Tesla Model S (full-sized plug-in electric five-door, luxury liftback, produced by Tesla Motors). Some of you could wonder: how could this be, how does the government afford it. Well guess what, affording the cars is not a problem. Due to the high rate of infant and child mortality, not that many children reach the required age of 18. And the populations is only about 5 million. Besides, Norway is one of the world’s ten largest oil and natural gas exporters. Imagine all the dough they are making!!

Energy needs and Havøygavlen Wind Farm

The problem the Norwegians are currently dealing with is to generate electricity enough for all the Teslas cruising up and down the freeways of Norway. Norway is now trying to harness all the electricity sources one could think of. Norway generates nearly 5 percent of the worldwide generated hydropower and they even have solar power plants although the sun rarely shines in Norway. Norway was also the first country to generate electricity commercially using sea-bed tidal power. When the listed energy sources were not enough, dozens of wind farms were built along the coast of Norway. So, because of the government’s Tesla-For-All –policy the world’s most northerly windmill park (Havøygavlen Wind Farm) is located close to a small Norwegian village Havøysund by Barents Sea.



Havøygavlen Wind Farm, Norway

Gart at Havøygavlen Wind Farm