Discover the summer island getting rid of time
This Norwegian island may be the world's first time-free zone
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One of the most common questions asked every day—a question that is likely being asked as you read this—is: What time is it? On one tiny island in northern Norway, they’re asking: Who cares?
Sommarøy is an island in West Tromsø, around 321 km (200 mi) north of the Arctic Circle. Its name means Summer Island, which is appropriate since the island offers more than two months' worth of non-stop summer. A dream come true for anyone who has ever wished that those long summer days would last forever.
Just in time for summer solstice on June 21, this tiny island decided to make the lifestyle its residents have been living for years official by declaring itself the world’s first time-free zone.
While there are hundreds of questions about the logistics of how a timeless society would function, the residents of Sommarøy really don’t see it as such a big deal. In fact, they all seem strangely relaxed about it, as if they have all the time in the world to figure it out...
If you think about it, this island’s philosophy, born of extreme solar circumstances, may be the antidote we all need in a world where we wake up to clocks, are controlled by strict schedules, constantly check our phones to see the time, and ultimately move in synchronized motion to the relentless ticking towards our final days. Yikes!
Check out this gallery to learn more about the island making time a thing of the past.