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.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Kuznetsov”, has finished repairs and is ready to leave the port of Murmansk. According to a Russian news agency, the vessel will sail to Syria.
A century and a half ago, Norway was home to roughly three thousand brown bears, the majority of bears in all of Scandinavia. By 1930, the bears were virtually extinct. Decades of aggressive management tactics and bounties had wiped out one of the area’s most iconic species.
Microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are accumulating in marine waters and big lakes around the world, are now showing up in the Arctic waters south and southwest of Svalbard, Norway, a new study says.
REYKJAVIK: The climatic changes taking place in the Arctic are a call to action for the world. We must answer with more international cooperation and more research, says Tore Hattrem, State Secretary of Norway’s Foreign Ministry.
“Partnership should and shall shape the development of the Arctic, therefore cooperation is the starting point for our Arctic policy,” Vladimir Barbin, Senior Arctic Official and representative to the Arctic Council, said at the Arctic Circle 2015 assembly.
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.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende has asked Russia for an explanation to the high number of asylum seekers coming to Norway via Russia. Syrian refugees that have lived in Russia for a long time, will be stopped on the border and sent back.