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Home* News and Stories → The Spits­ber­gen-calen­der 2018: nort­hern lights over Lon­gye­ar­by­en in Decem­ber

The Spits­ber­gen-calen­der 2018: nort­hern lights over Lon­gye­ar­by­en in Decem­ber

The nort­hern light is for the polar night what the polar bears are for the sum­mer: ever­y­bo­dy wants to see them. The nort­hern light, or Auro­ra borea­lis, is inde­ed a majes­tic phe­no­me­non! If you have ever seen a real one, you will for sure not for­get it. The­re is an info page about nort­hern lights and nort­hern light pho­to­gra­phy on this web­site, by the way. The sea­son is about to begin.

Actual­ly, Lon­gye­ar­by­en is not even the best place to see nort­hern lights. If you are on an Auro­ra mis­si­on, then nort­hern Scan­di­na­via may be just as good, if not bet­ter. But of cour­se you can see fan­tastic nort­hern lights in Spits­ber­gen! With some luck, you can even see then mid-day. This day­si­de auro­ra is com­pa­ra­tively rare, but they do hap­pen. Hard to belie­ve, but true! This requi­res real darkness 24 hours a day, and that is what you get in Lon­gye­ar­by­en from late Novem­ber to ear­ly Janu­a­ry.

The Decem­ber-pho­to of our Spits­ber­gen-calen­dar 2018 was taken ear­ly evening. We went around in Lon­gye­ar­by­en with a TV team and they wan­ted norhtern lights – of cour­se. Ris­ky busi­ness if you don’t have more time than just a very few days! May­be you are lucky, may­be not … both the wea­ther and the auro­ra acti­vi­ty have to be on your side. We had alrea­dy been around for a long evening without see­ing more than dark clouds. A day later, things were more pro­mi­sing. And sud­den­ly, the sky explo­ded over Lon­gye­ar­by­en! It was inde­ed one of my bet­ter Auro­ra moments in Spits­ber­gen. The pho­to does not even show the stron­gest nort­hern light of that evening, but Lady Auro­ra was dan­cing abo­ve this part of the ico­nic coal cable­way and Pla­tå­ber­get, a very cha­rac­te­ris­tic and well-known moun­tain right next to Lon­gye­ar­by­en.

Spitsbergen-Calender 2018: December. Northern light above Longyearbyen

Spits­ber­gen-Calen­der 2018: Decem­ber. Nort­hern light abo­ve Lon­gye­ar­by­en.

By the way, my new book is in print and it can now be orde­red 🙂 it is a pho­to book with the tit­le “Nor­we­gens ark­ti­scher Nor­den (3): Die Bären­in­sel und Jan May­en”, with Ger­man text Click here for fur­ther details!



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last modification: 2017-10-17 · copyright: Rolf Stange