Svalbard, Norway

At twilight, the soft light of the lunar moon caresses the Svalbard mountains. There is a blue tint to the night sky of the blue hour. The lunar moon is right above the mountains.


copyright Anette Mossbacher, 3 August, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a Canon EOS-1D X and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/6.3
  • Exposure time: 1/50s
  • ISO: 3200
  • Focal Length: 70mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 5171 by 3456 pixels (WxH).

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At twilight, the soft light of the lunar moon caresses the Svalbard mountains. As you can see in the photograph, there is a blue tint to the night sky. That is what we call the blue hour. Indeed, the blue hour occurs when the sun is far enough below the horizon so that the sunlight’s blue wavelengths dominate. It usually only lasts about 20–30 minutes. Right after sunset and right before sunrise.

Situated in the Arctic Ocean, the Svalbard mountains are halfway between Norway and the North Pole. Undoubtedly, it contains untouched arctic wilderness, as well as unique Arctic wildlife all at once. Icelandic texts, written in the 12th century, first mentioned the name ‘Svalbard.’ The name means ‘cold coasts.’

Svalbard has the impressive title of ‘Sustainable Destination.’ It means that they have tirelessly worked to reduce the negative impact of tourism. Additionally, they provide visitors with memorable experiences; they preserve the local nature, culture, and environment, strengthen social values, and are, of course, economically sustainable. The municipality and travel industry must work together to gain this achievement. Discover more inspiration on Svalbard’s official website.

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