For most people, sunsets are a daily occurring event. Maybe hidden behind clouds, but the sun does set. A Dutch comedian once said: “The sun sets without good reason, tomorrow she has to rise again.”

However, in some places this is completely different. For most of my Arctic season I don’t have any sunsets (so no sunrises either). In Antarctica I’m usually too far north to have midnight sun, but this year I also had a few weeks without sunsets down there as well. So when we have sunsets, it’s always cause for great joy. Maybe not with our guests, who are used to them, but definitely for the guides who in some cases haven’t seen any in weeks.

Setting sun in Spitsbergen

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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