The Polar Night began on 20 May. At first you tend to think that in the Polar Night everything is always dark. And of course, not much light comes from outside; inside, the lights are always turned on. But still, it isn’t completely dark. Even in the middle of winter, at midday there is still twilight, which means that you can still see pretty well without a torch. The best thing about the Polar Night is that the sun lies just below the horizon and often lights up the sky for hours at a time. Then there is an array of colours – from blood-red stripes to gaudy shades of blue and pink – across the entire sky. Sometimes the clouds create wonderful patterns amidst this play of colours; on other days, due to a trick of the light, the silhouettes of the icebergs on the horizon appear three times larger than they really are.
Even though the temperature is now below minus 40 degrees (or below -50°C with wind chill) and it’s pretty chilly outside, I’m regularly tempted outdoors to take photos. After a few minutes outside, my fingers start to freeze despite the gloves, and my camera and mobile phone stop working when they get too cold, but I always manage to snap a few good pictures. However, they don’t do the actual colours justice. Even though it’s hard to believe, in reality the colours are far more intense and picturesque…
At night you can see the stars particularly clearly, and the Milky Way appears as a bright band in the sky. Sometimes a few polar lights also appear.
Hello from the radio station with a view of the twilight.