This blog is about a Boston family’s one-year adventure living on an arctic island in Norway. The name of the island is Rødøy, which means “Red Island” in Norwegian. You can see it on Google Map here. Rødøy is just above the Arctic Circle, which means there’re days in the winter when the sun never peeps above the horizon, and there’re days in the summer when the sun never sets — “midnight sun” as it were.
Winston grew up in China before immigrating to the US when he was 14, but he frets about the fact that Kristin has been to more places in China than he has. Before the island adventure he was an executive at a software company. Now, he is learning how to salt and smoke fish.
Kristin grew up in the Northern part of Norway, although she had never lived on a remote island before. She was a high school teacher in Oslo when she met Winston and somehow ended up in Boston with 2 kids. She’s teaching grades 1-4 at the school on the island.