Home

This Norwegian Island Wants To Be The First Time-Free Zone In The World

By Kelsey Marie

Share

Sommarøy, a Norwegian island, is on a quest to become the first time-free zone in the world.

This island experiences 69 days of unceasing daylight from May 18 until July 26.

From November until January, Sommarøy does not experience sunrise.

The island, populated with 300 people, argues that they don’t need the concept of time because they experience sun at midnight and the moon at midday.

Timekeeping was originally set according to the sun. As time progressed and railroads were built, there became a need for train schedules which depended on an organized time system — which developed into time zones and a 24-hour clock.

We now split our days by the clock, but Sommarøy sees no point in them any longer.

“There’s constant daylight, and we act accordingly. In the middle of the night, which city folk might call 2 a.m., you can spot children playing soccer, people painting their houses or mowing their lawns, and teens going for a swim,” Sommarøy local Kjell Ove Hveding said in a statement published on CNN.

Last week, locals took a petition to town hall where the town council members met with a Norwegian minister to consider how they could become a time-free zone.

If the time-free zone is announced, people will be able to have flexible-working hours and no open or clos times for stores and schools.

Share
Travel Noire

Kelsey Marie

Kelsey-Marie is an NYC girl who currently lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. You can keep up with her on Instagram at @kelseydashmarie

Want more?

Get exclusive, unpublished tips from Travel Noire's CEO to help you get off the beaten path, into the hearts of locals and onto a better, more cultured life.

You Can Now Live Like Elsa With This 8-Day ‘Frozen’ Inspired Trip To Norway

You Can Now Live Like Elsa With This 8-Day ‘Frozen’ Inspired Trip To Norway

Travel company Zicasso is releasing an eight-day trip to Norway inspired by the Disney film “Frozen”.  If you loved “Frozen” and the characters, you’re going to love this themed vacation in Norway.  The trip is described by Zicasso as: “Mystical fjords, charming villages, and enchanting hills that are blanketed with snow will bring the majesty […]

Kelsey Marie

X-Rated Ads Boost Tourism To The “G-Spot Of Europe”

X-Rated Ads Boost Tourism To The “G-Spot Of Europe”

“The G-Spot of Europe. Nobody knows where it is but when you find it — it’s amazing,” reads a series of advertisements promoting tourism to Vilnius, Lithuania’s little known capital city. The controversial marketing campaign by Go Vilnius features a woman lying on back in ecstasy as she grips the sheet beneath her. Printed on […]

Leah Freeman-Haskin

You Should Travel To These 6 Destinations Now Before Everyone Else Does

You Should Travel To These 6 Destinations Now Before Everyone Else Does

Travel is becoming more popular amongst millennials, resulting in an influx of tourism in locations like Bali, Madrid, and Cape Town. There are, however, destinations that are still under-the-radar and perfect for travelers wanting to travel to places unknown.  Travel expert and writer Patricia Schultz spoke with Insider on how social media has aided in […]

Kelsey Marie