Fjord Norge!


      Up! Up! let us a voyage take;
      Why sit we here at ease?
      Find us a vessel tight and snug,
      Bound for the Northern Seas.

      I long to see the Northern Lights,
      With their rushing splendors, fly,
      Like living things, with flaming wings,
      Wide o'er the wondrous sky.

      I long to see those icebergs vast,
      With heads all crowned with snow;
      Whose green roots sleep in the awful deep,
      Two hundred fathoms low.

      I long to hear the thundering crash
      Of their terrific fall;
      And the echoes from a thousand cliffs,
      Like lonely voices call.

      There shall we see the fierce white bear,
      The sleepy seals aground,
      And the spouting whales that to and fro
      Sail with a dreary sound.

      There may we tread on depths of ice,
      That the hairy mammoth hide;
      Perfect as when, in times of old,
      The mighty creature died.

      And while the unsetting sun shines on
      Through the still heaven's deep blue,
      We'll traverse the azure waves, the herds
      Of the dread sea-horse to view.

      We'll pass the shores of solemn pine,
      Where wolves and black bears prowl,
      And away to the rocky isles of mist
      To rouse the northern fowl.

      Up there shall start ten thousand wings,
      With a rushing, whistling din;
      Up shall the auk and fulmar start--
      All but the fat penquin.

      And there, in the wastes of the silent sky,
      With the silent earth below,
      We shall see far off to his lonely rock
      The lonely eagle go.

      Did you know that in the far north of Norge (Norway) you can experience the Midnatt Sol (Midnight Sun) fra mid-Mai (May) to late Juli (July)?
      Here is why, according to studies from "The Modern World". . .

      In the northern parts of Norway, the tilt of the Earth's axis, relative to the plane of its orbit, creates an increase of daylight hours in the summer. The result is known as the Midnight Sun -- a sun that never sets.

      Midnight Sun at Borge in Lofoton / Photograph by Britt-Arnhild

      For additional information on fjords of Norge,
      sail the seas of the Midnatt Sol above.

      The Northern Seas by William Howitt