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Farm­ham­na is a litt­le hun­ting sta­ti­on on the west coast of Spits­ber­gen in For­landsund, north of Isfjord. A wide-open, wea­ther-bea­ten low­land; often, it is win­dy on this rather expo­sed coast­li­ne.

You can find a lot of small bay and beaches, some well known and others well hid­den, behind small islets, rocks and pen­in­su­las. We have explo­red and enjoy­ed many of them during our sum­mer sai­ling ship trips. Also now, in the polar night, they can be use­ful; get­ting here and away is anything but strai­ght­for­ward, and the litt­le bit of traf­fic the­re is is usual­ly by boat. Over land, the area is pret­ty inac­ces­si­ble.



This pho­to gives an impres­si­on of Farm­ham­na at this time, end of January/early Febru­a­ry. Around noon, the brigh­test time of the day.

The light of the north!


Farm­ham­na: mid-day twi­light.

And here an impres­si­on of the outer coast of Farm­ham­na, loo­king to the south, around mid-day. The­re is cur­r­ent­ly no more than twi­light, we won’t see the sun befo­re 16 Febru­a­ry at the ear­liest. Depen­ding on the wea­ther, it may well be later. Or, actual­ly, even a litt­le bit ear­lier … we’ll see.

In any case, it is still two weeks away. But we have alrea­dy got several hours of twi­light, when the sun tra­vels bet­ween 5 and 7 degrees below the hori­zon, pro­du­cing the most beau­ti­ful shades of yel­low, oran­ge and red on the sou­thern sky and all sorts of blue else­whe­re.

And the­re is, as you may expect, some­ti­mes a total­ly dif­fe­rent kind of light shi­ning in the evening. Much wea­ker than the sun, but infi­ni­te­ly beau­ti­ful.

The light of the north!

Northern light, Farmhamna

Nort­hern light abo­ve Farm­ham­na.
A bit weak, but a beau­ti­ful start on my very first evening here!

Yes, the­re may be the odd nort­hern light pho­to com­ing up here the next weeks … 🙂

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: 2022-02-02 · copyright: Rolf Stange