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I live almost as far north as the southern tip of Norway. In the middle of summer the night only lasts about three hours and the sky to the north never goes dark. In the middle of winter the sun only just comes up and there are maybe about four hours of daylight. If you go up to the Arctic circle you reach the point where the sun doesn't come up at all in the middle of winter and where it doesn't set at all in the middle of summer. Because the atmosphere carries light round the planet beyond the point reached by direct sunlight, it's daylight on a fair bit more than half the planet at any one time, so if you're just inside the Arctic circle and it's the middle of winter, there will be an hour or two of daylight in the middle of the day, but with the sun staying below the horizon.
David, that is very interesting to hear what you said. For someone living around your area, Id be intrigued to know how the daily lives are affected by that sort of day. How does it affect the sleeping and waking up pattern. Moreover what are the average working hours like.
Especially in the winters with no daylight at all?
...how does one go about living the sort of lives we are accustomed to living here around the equator. It is fascinating how different that sort of environment is from mine and how easily we mistake our environments for normal when things can be totally different on another part of the world.
Have you been living there all your life ? or did you move from the equator, and if so how did it affect your daily habits? Would appreciate your response.
In summer, there's more daytime than anyone can use, so it feels wasteful. At the height of summer here (not quite Norway, don't forget) the sky is light by three in the morning, the sun pours in through the windows somewhere between half past three and four, and then it stays light all the way through to eleven in the evening (with the sun setting at some time after ten, though it stays light for a lot longer still because the sun goes down at such a shallow angle, so night's restricted to under four hours, and because the sun's not far down below the northern horizon, the sky's never really dark enough for astronomy. In the northern third of Norway the sun won't dip below the horizon at all, but it will graze it to the north and travel higher in the sky when to the south.