Was awakened by the alarm clock at 7:30, hurried out at 7:30, started a whole day’s schedule, had lunch at 12 noon, and returned home after sunset… Is your life like this? With a fixed timetable, repeating it day after day? We often need to do what we should do at the right time. Walking is usually after dinner, supper is always late at night, study and work are both in the daytime, life is regular, and the rhythm is tight.
So, have you ever tried to “abolish” time and plan your life as you like? Depart at 3 in the morning to see the sea, have dinner at 12 noon, and have a supper at 3 in the afternoon. Do these events sound incredible? For us, such a thing may be unimaginable, but for the residents of this “sun never setting” island, such a life has become commonplace.
This is Sommaroy Island on the west coast of Norway. It is also the place where time has been “abolished” in the world. Tourists here have taken off their watches to free themselves from the shackles of time. In addition to this special custom, this small island also has many beautiful natural scenery, such as charming and comfortable coasts, gorgeous aurora and so on.
For most of us, we have always followed the life habit of “work at sunrise and rest at sunset”. The traditional time system still plays a very important role in our lives. But for Sommaroy Island, this is not the case. Because this island will usher in 69 days of polar day every year from May 18th to July 26th, summer is very long for this small island, and it also gets the name of “Summer Island” . For the residents of Summer Island, summer time is precious, and they especially enjoy life under the sun. Because in this summer, which lasts for more than two months, the sun will not set, and the sun will brighten the entire island. Even if people come out to build their own lawn at 3 in the morning, it will not look very abrupt. Some friends may wonder how to sleep at night or during the day? In fact, don’t worry, the local windows will be equipped with blackout blinds, and the room will become pitch black when they are put down. What needs to be mentioned is that after the long polar day, the residents on the small island will usher in the polar night for three months from November to January of the following year. The sun will not rise again and the entire island will be It became gloomy. But this did not make the island lose its charm, on the contrary, it attracted more tourists to come here for sightseeing. Because during this period of time, if you are lucky, you may see the aurora from the North Pole, which is gorgeous and fantastic. Due to the special geographical environment and climatic conditions, the permanent population of Xiazhidao is not very large. There are only 350 residents on the island, which is not as large as a community in our country. It can be called a sparsely populated area. Local people mainly rely on tourism and fisheries for their livelihoods. It takes a few days for fishermen to go out to sea to fish. Coupled with the long-lasting extreme daylight phenomenon, the residents’ concept of time is very vague. In 2019, the residents of the island united to propose to the government a proposal to abolish the time system, and finally realized “time freedom.” The original proponent of this idea, Shell Overweeding, gave his own answer: “Our goal is to provide as much flexibility and flexibility as possible.” Residents can do it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Arrange your time flexibly, whether it’s rest or work. If you want to go fishing early in the morning, do it. No one will persuade you not to stay up late. From the outside to this “timeless” island, you will pass a bridge on the way. Since the island passed the proposal to abolish time, tourists who travel here will take off their watches when they pass the bridge and hang them on the railings of the bridge. There are many different styles of watches tied to the bridge. It becomes a special ceremony, reminding people that after crossing this bridge, they come to the “timeless state” at the end of the world