Last day in the north of the world
This friday morning, Ultima Thule Lodge decided to change its discreet entrance with more visibles signs. This is new for this small town.
At 6 PM, Ultima Thule Lodge held its Christmas meeting.
The celebration occurred in a city covered with snow, just days before the longest night of the year. There is only one hour per day of light if there is no cloud and snow.
Shooting conditions are difficult for the hardware but also for myself.
We are in the Finnmark region and the Lappish culture has survived despite attempts to suppress it.
Svein Fredriksen, the Master of the Lodge, respects this culture and this very old tradition. He lives with Lapp twice a year and carries the traditional clothes.
Mikkel belongs to one of the many Sami tribes. He offers a meal and explains his beliefs about the earth and the sun.
Helge Bjørn Horrisland as the historian of the Grand Lodge of Norway explains the specificities of the Swedish rite which is only practiced here.
« My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean,
and sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine;
but other lands have sunlight too, and clover,
and skies are everywhere as blue as mine:
O hear my song, thou God of all the nations,
a song of peace for their land and for mine. »
The Finlandia Hymn, written by the Finnish and freemason composer Jean Sibelius, rightly expresses the spirit that prevails here in Norway but also in all Scandinavia.
Hammerfest, like all cities that I have visited until now, will remain for me a unique and memorable experience. It is a privilege to do this journey around the world and to meet so many people of good will and wisdom.