What’s Stranger and More Beautiful Than a Hole through a Mountain? The Sun Shining Through That Hole [TIMELAPSE]

In Norway, legend has it, there’s a mountain that was once a hat. It all started with a lowly troll chasing a beautiful maiden. When the troll realized he couldn’t catch her, he strung his bow and shot an arrow at her back. The troll king, to save the girl, threw his hat in the arrow’s path. That hat became Norway’s Mount Torghatten, a mountain with a hole through it.

The sun only shines through the hole—a naturally formed tunnel 520 feet long, 115 feet wide, and 66 feet high—twice a year. To capture the moment on flim, a photographer needs expert timing and a clear day—it’s an extremely tricky proposition.

For photographer and filmmaker Harald Warholm, it took three years. Now he has invited us to share in his success through a short and magical timelapse of the event during one sunset behind the mountain.

On the video’s Vimeo page, Warhom writes:

After nearly three years of trial and failure, I finally managed to get a timelapse of the sun passing behind and shining through the hole in Torghatten, a small but famous mountain near Brønnøysund, Norway. I’ve never known the exact time this happens, other than it happens twice a year, in the autumn and spring.

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