Northern Lights over Longyearbyen

This panorama shows a time-lapse of the northern lights over the mountains and Longyearbreen to the south. I shot the timelapse images right before I shot the images for the 380×180 panorama.

(The aurora time-lapse does not work on most mobile devices. You need a flash capable browser.)

See more images of the Aurora here.

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Polar night approaching


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Photo taken 3 days after we entered the polar night. Read more about polar night here.

More pictures here.

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Daytime aurora boralis

During the continuous darkness of the polar night, you can see the more rare and subdued daytime aurora on Svalbard. On this 360×180 panorama you can see a time lapse of the aurora in the sky. This was photographed at midday December 15th and you can see the little light we have in the south. (The moving aurora does not work on most mobile devices. You need a flash capable browser.)

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Pastel tones

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Lovely pastel tones on the sky over Longyearbyen and the Advenfjord today. We’ve had our last sunset of this year, the sun are below the horizon all day. This picture was taken at noon on October 28 2012.

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Longyeardalen (Longyear Valley)


Longyeardalen is located between the mountains of Platåberget and Gruvefjellet. The town of Longyearbyen is located in the lower portions of the valley, which is named after the American industrialist John Munroe Longyear. The river of Longyearelva runs through the valley. At the top of the valley you will find the Longyear glacier which is about 4.5 km long.

See more photos of Longyeardalen here and from Longyearbyen here.

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Northern light over Longyearbyen

Northern light over Longyearbyen and the Titan crane on Hotellneset. The crane was built in 1953 and was taken out of duty in 1979. It served the coal harbour.

See more photos of the Titan crane here and auroa photos here.

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Ropeway angle station in Longyearbyen

In the old days, the local coal company, Store Norske Spitsbergen Kulkompani, used ropeway to transport coal from the mine to the storage area on Hotellneset. Some places it was necessary to change the angle of the ropeway. A so called angle station can be seen in the picture. Continue reading

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Longyearbyen twilight

Late in October the daylight disappear from the archipelago. The sun is below the horizon all day – and we enter the twilight and polar night period. The blue light at midday color the landscape in stunning shades of blue.

See more photos from the polar night here.

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