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.  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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On a bike on Holland’s shore

Yet again on business in Brussels. Some expert work that begins on Monday and ends on Friday. This time I decided to come a bit earlier to spend the preceding weekend in Belgium. Yesterday I made me a short city break in the historical city of Bruges (>>>). Today I decided to go with some friends local in Brussels on a short trip to Holland. We spent around eight hours there biking alongside the shore. We started somewhere close to the Dutch-Belgian border, where we rented the bikes and rode around 60 km there and back making short stops to take pictures and a one hour-long stop for lunch. We admired the landscape, the nature but also ships heading or leaving the port of Antwerp. Below some photo impressions.

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