Lo mejor del Sol, el brillo de la Luna – The best thing about the Sun is moonshine

[Spanish below] I long believed that this sentence, from a Spanish song by Fito & Los Fitipaldis, did not make much sense. The best of the sun is its own brightness and wonderful warmth. After spending a month of January in the complete darkness of Svalbard – first on board… Continue reading

Time Lapse Camera

We are challenging the common perception that the polar night is void of life. First, we measured the photosynthetic capability of macro algae in the extreme light limited environment. Surprisingly we found that the dark-acclimated macro algae were capable of utilizing light that was put into the system in a… Continue reading

New hyper sensitve sensors reveals light in the dark

When the polar night appears black for most eyes and even sensors, new equipment is on board the UNIS course to measure the “unseen” light. Two new prototypes which just arrived before departure from the mainland, has now been deployed and tested for the first time. The results are surprisingly… Continue reading

Amazing underwater video by Robert Staven: Thick-billed Murre feeding in the Polar Night

There is no doubt that the creatures of the night are active also in the long Polar Night. Check out this amazing underwater video by Robert Staven, shot during the Marine Night campaign just outside the Marine Lab of Kings Bay.

The darkness and light of the arctic polar night

Greetings from Ny-Alesund in Svalbard! As this is written we are surrounded by a very special phenomenon. It occurs during the arctic wintertime and is called the polar night. In Svalbard the polar night last for approximately two and a half months each year. While people in other parts of… Continue reading

200,000$ (nearly) lost to the abyss, Iceland saves the day

  Our work in Ny-Ålesund has reached a new phase. A rather large amount of data is starting to pile up, and thus some time needs to be allocated to actually processing all the data we have. As there are a lot of Norwegians around, let’s take a moment to… Continue reading

Two stressed course leaders, two and a half planes, twenty students, no water and a sparkling darkness

Yesterday we left Longyearbyen with all our equipment, colleges and students. Months of planning and preparing have ended, and we are now in place in Ny-Ålesund where we will carry out the largest polar night expedition ever conducted (at least to our knowledge).  It took us two and a half… Continue reading