We know the feeling: You’re all snuggled up in your warm room or on our cosy couch, you’re a bit tired after a long day out and about, it’s late at night, the temperature outside is below zero – and the most important part on your agenda still remains: catching a glimpse – or preferably a whole amazing, long-lasting, breath-taking, absolutely magical show – of the northern lights. You know you should get out there soon so as to not miss anything, but it’s also just so nice and comfy inside. Wouldn’t it be great if there were some kind of magic tool to find out if anything is going on out there, right from where you’re sitting underneath that warm blanket?
This gem from 1949 was just added to our library by a dear friend. Quoting from the fourth last page (p 122): “Above the Arctic Circle is where Norway really begins, the northern natives say. And if Norway is defined as rock-masses in the most stupendous sizes and awe-inspiring shapes whose ever-changing colors are reflected or complemented by sea and sky, they are right. Bodø, the Lofoten Islands, Narvik, Tromsø; each stage of this Arctic journey should have a chapter for itself, although our guess is that even the most flue ntword [sic] descriptions would be inadequate. In any case, we must admit not having been north of Trondheim and can only recommend that you study photographs from these parts for yourself or listen to the tales of more fortunate travelers.”
“We rest here while we can, but we hear the ocean calling in our dreams. And we know by the morning, the wind will fill our sails to test the seams. The calm is on the water and part of us would linger by the shore. For ships are safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.”
– Michael Lille
Afternoon sunshine by a reflection in a window of the Hurtigruten ship Nordlys.
Beautiful February in Bjørnøygata, the small street on the upper side of our Writer’s home