I can understand why people celebrate it here. At the moment there are just a few hours of light. Now the sun actually appears at around 12. In between the Arctic Frontiers conference sessions, I took a lunchtime walk to see the sun come up. What a difference it makes to how you perceive your surroundings! I cannot resist sharing a few visual impressions with you on the Ice Blog:
Reflections! No reflections without light! We tend to take our light for granted. It’s very special after the winter darkness here.
This would me my preferred means of transport here.
But others go for a more universal type. Are there snow chains for bikes?
Of course people dress for the weather. Elegant?
Traditional, warm, practical.
And a final view of frosted snow trees against the winter sunlight.
Now back to the science sessions of Arctic Frontiers. The place has quietened down since the departure of the politicians.Remember to check for updates on Twitter @iceblogger