The island of Somaloi, located on the west coast of Norway, is located in the Arctic Circle and has more than four months of polar day and night every year. When polar day and polar night come, the boundaries of time become blurred. People often see the red sun hanging high at four or five in the morning, and cannot accurately feel the passage of time.
The residents of Somaloi Island want to fight against this “silent passing” and are unwilling to let time control their lives. They smashed the clocks, deleted all time-related records, and lived by instinct. As a result, Somaloy Island became “the only place in the world where there is no time.”
There is no involution and 996, you can live your life however you want
What would life be like if there was no time?
Scientists from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) conducted an experiment. They selected a very self-disciplined woman and asked her to live alone for 210 days in a natural cave 30 meters underground without seeing the light of day. The woman lived in a small space of 18 square meters in the cave, which contained basic living supplies. Relying on strong self-discipline, she insisted on a regular life for six weeks, and then her biological clock began to become disordered. On day 130, her discomfort worsened and the experiment was stopped.
This experiment proves that time has a huge impact on people’s lives. But while most residents around the world arrange every day, every month, and every year strictly according to time, more than 300 residents on Somaloy Island have quietly achieved “time freedom.”
How do they abandon time and carry out daily activities and work? The answer is, it all depends on feeling! At seven o’clock in the morning, people who follow the law of time start a new day of life, and the residents of Somaloy Island may have just fallen asleep; at two o’clock in the middle of the night, even those who enjoy the nightlife gradually meet up with Zhou Gong, but the residents of Somaloy Island Invite friends, meet to play football and camp on the grass, go to the beach to swim and enjoy the scenery in the middle of the night.
No one here will complain about you disturbing the public, and no one will look at you with disapproval. Even if you suddenly want to weed, plant flowers, or tidy up the garden environment, you can always grab the tools and start work without any mental burden. People have complete autonomy to decide what to do when, even if they go to work at three in the afternoon, it doesn’t matter.
Because here, the sun does not clock in and out strictly according to the daily “schedule”. Its wanton appearance gives local residents a sense of freedom in time control. Stores open when employees wake up and come to work; schools open when teachers and students are ready; fishermen go out to sea to fish when they are full and full. Everyone enjoys a life not bound by time and respects each other’s arrangements for each day. The arbitrary rhythm makes this island a true “time zone-free” place.
There is no nine-to-five here, no “996”, “007” and other working tenses that erode employees’ personal time, and no one will tell you what time it is and what you should do. What. But this does not mean that people can “lie down” unscrupulously. Island residents still need to complete corresponding output according to prescribed needs, but they can decide their own time allocation and truly achieve “flexible life.”
The sun never sets, time loses its meaning here
The residents of Somaloy Island can stay outside of time, which has something to do with the local geographical environment.
Solmaloy Island is located north of the Arctic Circle. From May to July every year, the earth’s rotation axis tilts to the north, and the sunshine time in the northern hemisphere becomes longer. Coupled with the special geographical location, the island It is rare to see sunrise and sunset on the island in summer. In other words, during this period, the sun never sets on Somaloi Island, and there will be a period of extreme daylight that lasts for 69 days.
People can clearly see that the sun appears from the east every morning, shifts to the south, then gradually moves to the west, and finally moves to the north, and then returns to the east the next morning in the sense of time. . This scene directly breaks the common people’s understanding of “the sun rises in the east and sets in the west”. Faced with such long daylight hours, local residents said, “We don’t know how to live and work in the endless daytime.”
The opposite of polar day is polar night. When the tilt of the earth’s rotation axis changes again, the sun’s direct point continues to move, and the sunshine hours in the southern hemisphere gradually increase, it is the time when the polar night approaches on Somaloi Island.
Every year from November to February of the following year, a thick curtain of darkness seals the sky over the entire island, and no light can shine through. Fortunately, brilliant auroras occasionally appear on the cold nights of Somaloy Island, adding a bit of brilliance to the dark nights. The beautiful scenery of the Aurora, which many people have to travel several times to see, is a beautiful picture that is within reach of local people.
Beauty is rare, but when islanders are plunged into darkness for a long time and can only stay at home without being able to go out to sea to fish, it is very easy to become depressed. Therefore, every time the polar night ends, the islanders will gather together to celebrate the arrival of light. Everyone even reached an agreement that factories, schools and shops are not allowed to operate on a 24-hour basis, but operate according to everyone’s needs. The islanders who make a living by fishing have gradually given up traveling during the polar night, choosing to travel during the sunny day when the weather is clear, and stay at sea for several days.
In order to further obtain a free and clear work cycle and reduce the impact of extreme day and night on life, islanders have expressed their opinions and hope that the relevant departments will consider abolishing the time system so that everyone can get better working and living environment.
The final promoter of the proposal to “abolish time” was Sher Olaf Hevidin. In 2019, the residents of Somaloi Island made a decision that shocked the world: they jointly signed a special system—applying to the international community to abolish the island’s timetable. Scheer collected the opinions and signatures of 321 residents of the entire island and solemnly handed them to parliamentary representative Kent Gudmundson, hoping that this decision to abandon time would be recognized by those in power. Relevant departments have already paid attention to the issue of extreme day and night on the island, and after some procedures, they agreed to the proposal.