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DARKNESS IN BROAD DAYLIGHT: This is how the “Ring of Fire” solar eclipse looked at 78° north in Longyearbyen, blocking an extra-high 71% of the sun now up 24 hours a day


Photos by Sophie Condon

To the naked eye, especially for those unaware, the mostly clear skies in Longyearbyen at midday Thursday looked pretty much the same as they do 24 hours a day during the three-and-a-half-month long polar summer.

But those with the right filters got to see most of the sun blotted out (about 71 percent) in the world’s northernmost town at 78 degrees latitude north during four-hour “Ring of Fire” annular eclipse.

Campers exposed by elements beyond the eclipse


The folks trying to sell campers a more comfortable night’s sleep did so a bit too loudly. The Swedes were adroit and a bit authoritarian. And the Japanese were wasteful, much to their hosts’ delight.

Column: ‘I was exactly one of those people I now see as a bit of a nuisance’


By Greg Goudey, guest contributor

I came to Svalbard/Longyearbyen for the first time in June of 2013 and, just like I expect most first time visitors think, I thought I was so cool because no one I knew had been to the Arctic.

Panic buyers, homeless visitors join sun as dim bits of Eclipse Week


Obviously local businesses and plenty of homeowners made out – like bandits in some cases – but the high cost of seeing Svalbard’s dark side resulted in some dim moments from locals and the penny-pinched visiting hoards.

Dark day turns jeers and tears into cheers


Those 147 seconds of clear sky during the total solar eclipse were like night and day in more than the literal sense.

Photo: Anyone got 49,000+ spare beds for the next eclipse?


The sun sets over what might be Longyearbyen in the year 2061 (since climate change might result in temperatures closer to Spain’s than the North Pole’s), when an estimated 50,000 people are already pledging to visit to see Svalbard’s next total solar eclipse. The masses made their commitments within a few days of the debut of a “Solar Eclipse 2061” Facebook page set up by Adrian Paixao Nilsen of Lillestrøm. “It all started as an internal joke amongst me and my classmates,” he told NRK. “I had no idea that there was so much interest in this.” But he noted “my buddies and I are actually planning to have a reunion then and if others will be with us we will be ready with open arms.”

Icepeople PDF: March 24, 2105

icepeoplepdf032415It’s a new record for dimness with our first 12-page issue ever, courtesy of a total solar eclipse that cast light on Svalbard’s brightest and blackest sides. Unfortunate incidents such as a polar bear attacking a camper and a woman exiled for allegedly trying to set several buildings on fire were overlooked by nearly all when the skies finally cleared on Eclipse Day, providing longtime “shawdowflies” with what their called their best viewing experience ever. Check out this week’s PDF to see why more than 50,000 people are already making plans to see the next one here in the year 2061.

Reporter’s notebook: Hasty scribblings during the March 20 total solar eclipse


“I’ve never seen so many phenomena during an eclipse,” said Kathy Biersdorff, a Calgary resident watching her 11th total solar eclipse since 1979. “You picked a fabulous one.”

Photo: It’s eclipse day – good morning!


A group hoping to see the March 20 total solar eclipse, at far left, gets an early start walking out into Adventdalen, just beyond the east edge of Longyearbyen, as the sun rises into a largely clear sky at about 7 a.m. The weather forecast during the eclipse – which lasts from 10:11 a.m. and ends about two hours later, with the total blockage of the sun happening from 11:10:02-11:13:09 a.m. – is for partly cloudy skies, temperatures of -16C and mild winds.

Svalbard’s dark side: Blizzards, blackouts and blunders can cloud eclipse experience


There are many ways the sun can be blocked from view. For almost everyone in Svalbard this week, only one of them is good.