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Nort­hern lights over Spits­ber­gen

The sky is most­ly clou­dy here the­se days, and when the stars are shi­ning through, then coor­di­na­ti­on with solar acti­vi­ty in the magne­to­s­phe­re –

nort­hern lights, Auro­ra borea­lis – is not yet qui­te per­fect.

Northern lights over Adventdalen

Nort­hern lights over Advent­da­len.

You can’t for­ce “Lady Auro­ra”, the only thing that hel­ps, as so often in life and espe­cial­ly in the Arc­tic, is pati­ence and a bit of luck. Well, we do have some modern tools: wea­ther fore­casts, nort­hern light apps, web­cams. Some­ti­mes the­se things even work. Some­ti­mes not. Any­way, nice toys 🙂

Longyearbyen in the polar night

Lon­gye­ar­by­en in the polar night.

But any­way – it is always beau­ti­ful here, with or without nort­hern lights. Life is going a bit more slow­ly here now in the dark sea­son. You spend some more time see­ing friends, you go for walks, make sure you get a bit of exer­cise. And of cour­se nor­mal life and work is going on, it is a gre­at time to put new pan­ora­mas tog­e­ther or to work on a new book 🙂 well, things like that.

Northern light Adventdalen

Nort­hern light over Lind­holm­høg­da and Gru­ve­da­len.

But still, the nort­hern lights are of such a gre­at beau­ty, it is always stun­ning. So you keep your eyes and ears open and it is always worth going out to check what’s going on …

And then you just hap­pen to be at the right place at the right time 🙂 the­re could have been fewer clouds, but still, some of them are actual­ly qui­te good for deco­ra­ti­on … so we had a lovely nort­hern light dan­cing over Advent­da­len, with a hint of pur­p­le at the lower edge on the other­wi­se green curtains of light.

northern light Adventdalen

And one more becau­se it is so beau­ti­ful: nort­hern light over Advent­da­len.

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: 2018-11-15 · copyright: Rolf Stange