The end of the Polar Night

Usually, it’s summer when I’m in the Arctic. This means the sun doesn’t set and I’ve only rarely seen it dark op Spitsbergen. This is great as you can always go out and enjoy the scenery or see the wildlife. The downside of this is, of course, that in winter, the sun doesn’t rise for some time.

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A long blue hour

I’m now in Northern Norway, and it’s winter. Here we still have the Polar Night. Although it’s almost coming to an end. Last week, there was the first official sunrise in Tromsø, but the sun isn’t visible for another week or so, as there are mountains in the south. For us, this means there is a very long blue hour where the light changes every minute. And sometimes, we get some light on the mountains, or we see the warm glow of the sun at the southern skies. Next week I hope to see the sun for the first time will be a special moment.20200117_Arjen_Drost_0002.jpg

 

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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