“Norway’s Lofoten Islands: Where the sun never sets, the adventure never ends, if you can keep up.” Backpacker Magazine. June 2014.
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“It’s 11 p.m. when I shoulder my daypack, step out the door of a red-shingled fisherman’s cabin, and head into the sunshine toward the mossy, tundra-covered granite coastline of the Norwegian Sea. A few hours earlier, my husband Peter and I finished a full day’s worth of rock climbing, lapping a 600- foot spire—twice. On any other vacation we’d be wrapping up our epic day with nightcaps and an early bedtime. But we’re above the Arctic Circle in Norway’s Lofoten Islands, where from May 25 until July 17, it never gets dark. This evening, we’re feeling the full effect of the endless daylight, and the treasures it reveals: clear water lapping the pebble-lined shoreline, mountains glowing amber under the soft blue sky. Instead of heading to bed, we set out scrambling on a series of giant stone puzzle pieces that make up the coastline of the small bay of Kalle. We have no destination and no goal other than to be outside and to see as far and as much as our eyes and the sky will allow. We don’t bring headlamps…”