A visit to Sommarøy frees you from the tyranny of your watch. As long as you stump up for a ticket – and don’t miss your flight
Philosophers and physicists have long debated the reality of time. But it has taken the people of the Norwegian island of Sommarøy (population: 350) to reach a final verdict. They have sided with Douglas Adams, who declared “Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.” They want to declare their island a time-free zone.
By coincidence, the story broke when I was in Skjolden, Norway, where the solstice sun set at 11.15pm and it never got fully dark. I’m now en route to Kiruna, within the Arctic Circle, where, like Sommarøy, the midnight sun can be seen from May to July.