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    Jason F asked:


    I’m going to the Ice Hotel in northern Sweden around Christmas time and I am planning to book a Northern Lights snowmobile tour that goes out at night. I’m just curoius how that works. Is the countryside completely dark at night or is there enough reflection from the snow in the sky or moonlight to light up the landscape a little bit?

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    Published on March 26, 2010 · Filed under: Geography; Tagged as: , ,
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3 Responses to “Is it completely dark at night above the arctic circle during winter?”

  1. Jukkasjärvi is a town in Swedish Lapland in Kiruna Municipality, Norrbotten County, northern Sweden. It has 541 inhabitants (2000), situated at 321 meters elevation at 67°51′N, 20°37′E.

    The town got its first resident settlers in the 17th century, and its name is of Finnish origin. Jukanjärvi means the lake of Jukka (or Jukka’s lake), where Jukka is a Finnish male name. The village is a popular tourist accommodation during the winter months and is best known for its ice hotel. The wooden church in the village is well known for its wall paintings, and a local museum is located nearby.

    Here is what you may expect to see

  2. AZ Imagined said on

    There will still be a few hours of twilight each day, since the sun will only be a few degrees below the horizon…similar to 20 minutes or so after sunset (at the brightest).

  3. I used to live above the Arctic circle and as far as I remember it wasn’t all that dark actually. Very much like twilight during the day, especially because the snow really does seem to light up the landscape quite a bit. And you will have some of that effect even at night.
    You could try searching on Google pictures for photos of polar darkness, so you can get a real sense of what it looks like.
    Have a great trip :-)

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