Arrival in Haukenes and greeting the sun

Day four

Today I only had 80 more kilometres to drive making it a total of 906 since my departure in Skelleftehamn. I started early and arrived in Haukenes on the Vesterålen at 9:30. The only picture I took was the view of the town Sortland seen from the Sortlandsundet.

The reason why I wanted to arrive so early was the plans of my friends that I’m visiting here. Today it’s the first day where you can see the sun again from their upland meadow Langbakken. The last day with polar night, that means no sun at all was 8th of January, but it took ten more days until the sun rose high enough to climb over the mountain tops of the Lofoten in the south.

We went up the hillside to the lavvu – a sami tent – where we first stood outside to greet the neighbours joining us and than sat in the tent round the fire altogether and ate and talked.

And finally – much later than expected – the sun found a gap in the mountain skyline! We all jumped out of the lavvu and looked at the first sun you could see from Langbakken since late November. Hooray!

The place where I am and will stay for the next days: Nøisomhed Gård, Haukenes, Vesterålen.


8 comments to “Arrival in Haukenes and greeting the sun”

  1. Hannah Karlsson 2015-01-19 05:03

    Das finde ich ZIEMLICH beeindruckend!
    Liebe Grüße und gute Reise! Verfolge gespannt Deine Berichte…

  2. Annika 2015-01-19 06:57

    Sieht sehr arktisch aus. Wunderschön.

  3. Elijah 2015-01-19 07:07

    Deiner Reise zu folgen ist wirklich das zweitbeste nach dem Selber-Reisen!

  4. Sandra 2015-01-19 08:04

    What a wonderful experience to see the sun for the first time again after the “long night”…. Magic picture!

    Take allways care and enjoy the time!

  5. Ma HB 2015-01-19 18:02

    Dear Olaf,
    what a feeling for people they missed the sun since November! And for you a lucky chance to be in that area this time.
    The last photo seems nearly not real , but a dream – so beautiful the sunbeams over the mountains! Toll!
    Have a good time! Yours Ma HB

  6. way-up-north 2015-01-19 22:02

    Hannah Karlsson Das war es auch. In Skellefteå sind wir von Polarnacht ja weit entfernt, aber es war dennoch auch für mich ein besonderer Moment.

    Annika Ist auch schon ganz schön weit im Norden

    Elijah Das ist ja ein hohes Lob. Vielen Dank!

    Sandra It really was a great experience.

    Ma HB That’s why I tried to be in Haukenes on Sunday to join this moment. I like this photo as well, because it is connected with the story: The first sun in 2015.

  7. Pia 2015-01-25 15:22

    The first sun since November? Oh my God, and I already get depressed in German winter darkness after some months. Do the inhabitants all use these daylight lamps for their mental health?

  8. way-up-north 2015-01-27 22:42

    I guess so, but I don’t know, Pia. Some in Skellefteå take vitamin D pills in winter time.

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