It is not dark, but you cannot see the Sun. Still of Winter in North Norway


Seen in Koppangen (Norway)  at 69°40′45″N, a couple degrees over the Arctic Circle. The picture was made when looking to the North. Theoretically it is daylight. But there was no Sun on the opposite side of the horizon.

After three days we finally understand the specifics of the Polar Night in Norway. The Polar Night is when the sun is below the horizon all day. On the Northern hemisphere it happens over 66°33’39″N. But it is not dark all day. For a couple of hours some sunlight reaches the Earth there bringing it into constant twilight state. Currently it lasts for around five or six hours. The photo above was made at the brightest time of the day.

What is interesting, in the night the full Moon takes over the function of the Sun and does not disappear below the horizon for long. And, it stands very high at midnight. With no clouds in the sky, it is quite bright all around us.  A true wolf’s night indeed. Below a photo I took last night around 11 pm. It was a long exposure that got quite bright. But I darkened it with a photo editor to reflect that what I truly saw.


Seen in the vicinity of Nordkjosbotn (Norway) at 69°12′54″ N. Technically it is night, but with the Moon very high and only few clouds in the sky, it is not dark at all.

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