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Sun fes­ti­val in Farm­ham­na

In Lon­gye­ar­by­en, 8 March is the day to cele­bra­te the return of the sun, main­ly becau­se the place is sur­roun­ded by moun­ta­ins, espe­ci­al­ly to the south.

Not so here in Farm­ham­na 🙂 so we had the plea­su­re to see and cele­bra­te the sun alre­a­dy today, 16 Febru­ary. It is the first sun­ri­se after 112 days, the last one befo­re had been on 25 Octo­ber. As far as I am con­cer­ned, I have been here now for not even 3 weeks and still, it is quite spe­cial to see the sun again. Let alo­ne for Rico, who hasn’t seen the sun for months!


Clear view to the south: no pro­blem in Farm­ham­na.

So we made sure we were the­re well in time, up on the “tele­pho­ne hill”, and we also made sure we were well equip­ped with came­ras, some stan­ding on legs, ano­ther one with wings – the who­le lot.

Farmhamna sun festival

“Sun fes­ti­val” in Farm­ham­na. It wasn’t real­ly a mass gathe­ring.

And we were lucky, becau­se during the mor­ning the sky had been com­ple­te­ly clou­dy. But just in time we got a low stri­pe of sky clear enough bet­ween the clouds and the hori­zon in the south, whe­re the oran­ge glow beca­me brigh­ter and brigh­ter, and final­ly, the­re she was, the sun – what a view, what a moment!

Farmhamna sunrise

The first sun­ri­se after 112 days.

Later in the after­noon, the clouds cover­ed the who­le sky again. Talk of luck!

If you want to read a bit more about mid­night sun and polar night, click here.

And here, some more impres­si­ons about this beau­tiful day in Spits­ber­gen.

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



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