I bet you $3.50 (USD) that you’ve experienced “Blue Hour” and haven’t even noticed. No, Blue Hour is not a happy hour where all drinks are the color blue*. And yes, I will buy myself a coffee with that money .
I didn’t know Blue Hour was a thing until I experienced it in Hamar, Norway. Sure, there have been times – usually early morning – when I’ve thought wow, the sky is so blue right now, but Norway’s blue hour plays baseball in an entirely different ball park.
We visited the glass cathedral of Hamar at around 5pm. I went a bit nuts with my camera. I couldn’t be stopped; the cathedral is jaw dropping and it deserves to be photographed from all angles. It belongs in a fairy tale; The Beauty and the Beast live-action remake, perhaps. Just think about it, Disney.
At first, I thought something was wrong with my camera. My pictures were coming out with a strong hue of blue. I accidentally shared my concerns out loud (sometimes I talk to myself) and our Norwegian friend said, nonchalantly, “That’s just the blue hour. It’s getting late.”
“Blue Hour” is the most amount of daylight they get during the winter season in Northern Norway. Can you believe that? As much I loved seeing the landscape around us bathed in that wonderful tint of blue, it takes a strong person to handle that much darkness year around.
Hamar during the month of March has just enough blue hour for me.
If you’re in Hamar, make sure to go eat at KoloniHagen. It’s a recently opened restaurant that believes in the farm to table food culture. It also features the ever-so-popular sleek and minimalistic design we all love: exposed brick, ceramic plates, wooden table tops and an open kitchen. If you’re heading there for lunch, I recommend the pizza!
*I like this idea. Who wants to partner up!