Posted by: travelrat | January 2, 2020

The Sunset that Wasn’t

Most of us will, at some time, have come across a ‘sunset that wasn’t’. It’s when you are taken to a particular place, which is reputed to give ‘the best’ views of a sunset on, or above, a particular landscape or feature. Sometimes, the sky is so obscured by cloud that the sunset doesn’t happen. At least, the organisers of such events sometimes provide wine to drink while you’re witnessing it, which is usually served anyway, so all is not quite lost.

But, this is a ‘sunset that wasn’t’ of a totally different kind. You’ll know that, in the Northern summer, the further north you go, the longer the days will be. Until you get to the Arctic Circle, beyond which, a few weeks either side of the Summer Solstice, the sun does not sink below the horizon at all.

Our recent cruise took us above the Arctic Circle … and we were above it on the 20th June! I didn’t capture the sunset on the actual date … but this picture was taken a couple of days later, a few miles south of the Arctic Circle. But, at 10.45 in the evening!

I reckon that’s close enough!


May I wish all followers, readers and visitors a Happy New Year, and a hope that 2020 brings everything you wish for. 

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