The End of the Polar Night, the Return of the Cold!

Violet light in the sky during polar day, when looking north
Looking North

While this year’s polar night is coming to an end, the previously absent cold has returned. After the past few weeks have been cloudy and warm, the sky has now cleared up again, and brought back temperatures that would have been expected during the polar night. Yet, the sun does not shine in the village (although today I saw some trees in the sun light, up on a hill), but the periods of daylight are getting longer every day. Here are some images from a short walk, showing the special light conditions at the end of this year’s polar night, at around -30 degrees Celsius. Continue reading “The End of the Polar Night, the Return of the Cold!”

Predicted Northern Lights Do Not Happen! Night Skiing on Jyppyrävaara.

cross country skiing tracks in the moon light
Skiing tracks on Jyppyrävaara in moon light

After a medium sun storm has been reported, its solar burst was predicted to hit the earth’s atmosphere yesterday evening, giving a good chance of seeing some nice northern lights. Thus I decided to take my camera with me, when I went for a short skiing trip up on Jyppyrävaara mountain, close to Hetta. But as so often, when above average solar activity has been observed, I once again did not see any exciting northern lights. Nevertheless, I have been able to enjoy one of the very rare clear nights in the past weeks ..

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May Triathlon: Biking, Skiing and Grilling. A Night on Jyppyrävaara.

Sunset past 10pm
Looking to the North: Sunset past 10pm

On a nice early May evening with some friends we wanted to make a fire and grill some food at the lean-to shelter on the top of Jyppyrävaara, in Hetta. Since the melting of snow and ice continues fast, not every passage that has been maintained as a skiing tracks is snow covered any longer. Thus, I needed to take my bike for a short ride, with the skiers attached to my backpack, to reach a spot where the tracks were still in bearable conditions. After a short trip with the skiers I arrived on Jyppyrävaara, where we enjoyed some grilling action in a bright and almost cloudless night. Continue reading “May Triathlon: Biking, Skiing and Grilling. A Night on Jyppyrävaara.”

Skiing in the Sun Again! Pahtajärven Polku in late January

Skiing in the sun, on Pahtajärven Polku
Skiing in the sun on Pahtajärven Polku

Mathematically, the sun should be back in Enontekiö since 5th of January, however, it took until the 19th, when I was finally walking again in direct sun light for the first time since Kaamos (= polar night) is over. Unfortunately, that day the walk to the bus station – which brought me into the natural brightness of the big yellow thing – took me just a few minutes, so I haven’t been able to spent a long time in the sun. Nevertheless, after I have been away for a week, I gratefully took out my regular cross country skiers, for a short run in the sun when it returned. Continue reading “Skiing in the Sun Again! Pahtajärven Polku in late January”

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