Text and Photos by Sigrid Thorbjørnsen. Edited by Michael Holtermann.
It’s end of August and the darkness doesn’t come before 10PM. Last night, at 9PM, I walked up to the lighthouse in time to take some pictures of the sunset, but there was no sun. The moon was on its way, and the blue hour had started. While I sat there and looked out over the sea, an Italian tourist came strolling. He walked quietly, as if not to wake anyone.
The Italian: “Hi ….”
I: “Hi. How are you?”
The Italian: “I am amazed.”
The Italian: “Nobody told me that I could experience this spectacular view from Lindesnes Lighthouse all alone, in the evening and night. It’s not written in any guidebook anywhere that this is possible. During daytime there are so many people here, but at night, you can have the ocean, the lighthouse, the horizon all to yourself. “
I: “I agree. It is an amazing spot. Have you been traveling in Norway for a long time?”
The Italian: “Since July 24. I started at the Russian border in the North. I have been driving all over Norway. Only on narrow roads. After four days of driving to “hotspots,” I just dumped the guide book. All the recommended places were packed, and it was horrible. Too many people not paying attention to nature, but only zooming in on the souvenir shops. This country is amazing. The nature, the people, the horizon and the mountains. Just like tonight. You have this spot all to yourself. It’s almost impossible to get this in Italy. What a beautiful night.”
The moon peeked from behind the clouds. It felt special and almost sad that we were the only ones that got to see the horizon and the sky changing from evening to night.