The period of Polar Nights in northern Norway, with nights lasting longer than 20 hours, is actually not completely dark. The twilight makes wonderful skyscapes and magic. Many Northerners think this is the most beautiful time of year.
Polar Night is a phenomenon that occurs in the winter, and only north of the Arctic Circle and south of the Antarctic Circle. For a period the sun is below the horizon, even when it is at its highest. The areas that are dark in the winter will have midnight sun in an equivalent period in the summer.
At North Cape, the sun is below the horizon for over two months, while in Tromsø the phenomenon lasts for over six weeks. In Lofoten, the period of Polar Nights is short and lasts for less than four weeks. At the opposite end of the scale is the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, where the sun is hiding for almost four months!
Not total darkness
Although the sun is below the horizon, it is not completely dark in Northern Norway. On clear days you can see beautiful colors as the sun sets in the south, while the northern sky is dark blue. In Svalbard, however, it is completely dark a few weeks around winter solstice.
Around 1 – 2 P.M., the remaining light of the blue sea and the white snow is reflected and the landscape is bathed in a glassy, deep blue color.
Residents of Northern Norway feel that they need a little more sleep and goes to bed perhaps somewhat earlier than in the summer. Otherwise most Northerners are experiencing few problems during the Polar Nights; there is no noticeable increase in depression and alcohol abuse.
A trip to Northern Norway during the Polar Nights is exciting: Fantastic, changing light during twilight and watching the Northern Lights when it is dark.
List of Norwegian places with Polar Nights. The dates indicate when the sun is below the horizon.
Svolvær: 7 December – 5 January
Harstad: 2 December – 10 January
Tromsø: 27 November – 15 January
Alta: 25 November – 17 January
Vardø: 23 November – 19 January
Hammerfest: 22 November – 20 January
Berlevåg: 21 November -21 January
North Cape: 20 November – 22 January
Longyearbyen: 26 October – 16 February
Text modified by: Ester Jepsen
Source: nordnorge.com, Wikipedia
Photos by: nordnorge.com
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