Sun-starved Norwegian town has a bright idea

Numerous studies have proven how important sunlight is to our physical and emotional wellbeing. So what to do if you live in a place that doesn&39;t get any for six months of the year?

The answer: use the old mirror trick, of course.

The industrial town of Rjukan ROO-KON is nestled deep in the mountains of southern Norway. In winter, when the sun is too low to reach past the rock walls, residents are deprived of any direct natural light.

However, a bright idea is changing all this.

Instead of heading up the mountain in a cable car, or into the surrounding country side for a quick shot of Vitamin D, sun-starved locals can simply take a stroll to the town square.

Three 17 square-metre mirrors have been installed 450 metres above. Computer technology enables them to follow the sun, so that its rays can be reflected down into Roo-kon all year round.

First proposed a hundred years ago, project leaders say it&39;s high time this brainwave was translated into action.

Although traditionalists didn&39;t initially warm to the idea of "playing with fire", it appears most have come around.

"People are coming here, they&39;re taking pictures, they&39;re laughing and have a good time," said project manager Oystein Haugan.

And of course, it&39;s expected this unique sun-catcher will result in a tourism boom that will leave everyone beaming.

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