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Polar night – mid Novem­ber

By now, the polar night has come to the high arc­tic, the sun remains below the hori­zon 24 hours a day. Even mid day the­re is just a bit of twi­light, far from sun­ny bright­ness.

As so often at this time, Lon­gye­ar­by­en is a bit uncomfy: it has been qui­te warm recent­ly and the snow had been thawing. As a result, it is slip­pe­ry, and not just a litt­le bit. You could ice-skate to the super­mar­ket, and a walk to the café without spikes is a bit of an expe­di­ti­on.

This is obvious­ly not the time for long trips out in the field, but that is not necessa­ry. It is about the light, about darkness, which is so much more than just darkness.

And about the quiet­ness and the peace of the arc­tic at this time of year. Spring and sum­mer are always hec­ti­cal, the­re is always so much to do, all the days seem to have 30 hours. During the polar night, peop­le are not so much under stress, ever­y­bo­dy is more rela­xed, they have time, they meet.

Gal­le­ry – Polar night – mid Novem­ber

Click on thumb­nail to open an enlar­ged ver­si­on of the spe­ci­fic pho­to.

Many peop­le in Lon­gye­ar­by­en say that the polar night is their favo­ri­te sea­son. The­re is some­thing about it.

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