Nice article at ArcticToday.com about a new push for tourism to replace coal mining in Barentsburg, the Russian city on Svalbard, at 78 degrees north latitude.
King Haakon VII of Norway, as quoted by Lynne Olson in Last Hope Island,
“was known to his people as ‘Herre Konge’ (‘Mr. King’) rather than ‘Your Majesty.'”
In his work as a landscape and advertising photographer based in Hamburg, Jan Erik Waider tells me he spends up to half of each year on the road, much of it in the Nordic countries. We all benefit from his time investment.
Click through and enjoy Jan Erik’s portfolio. I think it’s beautiful.
The total solar eclipse of 20 March, 2015, as seen from Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway. Click to enlarge at EarthPhotos.com.
Enjoy this video of the March 20, 2015 eclipse in Svalbard, beginning just before totality and running until shortly after. At the beginning, the sun appears to be out as usual while obviously something is up because meanwhile it’s getting dark on the ground.
This is why a partial eclipse just won’t do. Annie Dillard wrote that the difference between a partial eclipse and a total one is the difference between kissing a man and marrying him.
That’s it. The two just can’t be compared.