I recently took a trip to Finland and Norway with my family. This was my first trip to Europe, and I experienced some interesting culture shock.
Do you know about the long days in Scandinavia? During the summertime the sun sets very late and rises very early. During my trip last week, the sunset was around 10:30 P.M. and sunrise around 4:00 A.M. Luckily, the windows in my room had very good blinds!
It is very strange to have the sun set so late. Especially for me because I don’t wear a watch! One evening, after a long day of sightseeing in downtown Oslo, I started getting tired. When I looked outside it was still light. I thought it felt like about five or six in the evening. I was wrong. It was nine. But still, there were many people walking down the streets. The neighbors were talking on the balcony next door. The city was still awake. It was very disconcerting.
Each night I got tired, but I had to go to sleep while it was still light outside. When I woke at five and it was bright outside (I only woke so early because I was not used to Norway’s time zone). It felt bright enough to be noon. My dad mentioned that, after waking up and seeing the light outside, he felt guilty because he felt like he had wasted so much of the day already!
Having a long day is nothing to complain about. For me, it felt great. However, it is not always so nice. During the winter, the opposite is true. In December, the sunrise is around 9:30 A.M. and sunset is around 3:15 P.M. excluding the hours of twilight, there are only about 6 hours of daylight in the winter. If you add the cold weather and snow, winter in Scandinavia must be very hard.
The moral of the story: If you visit Norway or Finland, go in summer.
Sunrise 3:54 AM
Sunset 10:44 PM
Sunrise 9:20 AM
Sunset 3:16 PM
・moral of the story 話の教訓
8:00 PM Oslo, Norway: Enjoying sushi and drinks on the balcony⇩