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The Arctic Circle monument at 66° 33’ North on the little island of Vikingen, with the mountain of Hestmonkallen on the island of Storselsøya/Hestmona beyond: Rødøy, Nordland, Norway.


The exact location of the Arctic Circle varies each time you travel past it. Over the course of a full year, the virtual line shifts by almost 15 metres – while Vikingen and its Arctic Circle Monument remain firmly in place. The exact position of the line depends on the angle of the earth’s axis compared to the plane of its orbit at the time.

Hestmona features in the Nordland legend about trolls that were suddenly turned into stone, becoming the mountains along the Nordland coast. But what's in a name? The name of the island has varied over time and not all have agreed on the name. In 2014, the appeal board for the Norwegian Language Council made a final decision on the name of the island. They decided that the main name of the island would be Storselsøya and that name would also refer to the northern part of the island in Rødøy Municipality. Hestmona would be an official name that refers to the southern part of the island. The board also approved Selsøya as an alternate name. A minority on the appeal board wanted Hestmannøy to refer to the southern part in Lurøy Municipality, but that was not approved. Historically, the island was known as Hestmona because of the main mountain on the island is known as Hestmonkallen. All a bit complicated.

I felt very lucky to pass this iconic location in such good weather with wonderful light, and the moon over the mountain for good measure.

Shutter speed: 1/400 sec
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO: 200
Focal length: 70 mm

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