Polar Nights

In mid-October, this part of Svalbard says goodbye to the sun as it dips below the horizon, not to be fully seen again for almost five months. During the darkest time—mid-November through mid-January—even twilight is a mere memory. With no permanent settlements except the occasional hunter’s cabin, the only light is provided by the breathtaking displays of aurora borealis that can break out overhead at any time of day.

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