A golden glow for some few minutes and then gone. The sun north of the Arctic Circle will stay under the horizon until early next year. Further north in the Barents Region, the polar night has already lasted for weeks.
Tourists traveling north during summer to experience the midnight sun should be aware that the beauty of the special blue-colored frozen landscapes and horizon also represent an unforgettable adventure.
With the dark comes the cold. Last night, the thermometer felled down to minus 39,7 °C outside Sodankylä in Finnish Lapland, reports Lapin Kansa. In northern Norway, the lowest temperature was measured in Bardu in Troms with minus 35 °C on Sunday, according to Nordlys. Russia’s Kola Peninsula is also freezing cold, with Apatity as the coldest town with minus 30 °C Monday morning, reports B-port.
Regular military relations between Norway and Russia have been halted for more than a year, but the two countries’ Coast Guard Services continue cooperate on protection of borders and resources in the Barents Sea.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Sports in the Barents region have joined forces and established Barents Games. This weekend athletes from all over the region met in Oulu to compete in 14 differents sports during the Barents Summer Games. See our slide show from the competitions.
Norwegian business leaders and academics interviewed by Yle’s Swedish-language news service say they are disappointed in the overall level of Swedish language skills among its job applicants from Finland.