Rocking Mid-Summers Day under the midnight sun

14th August 2013
I have recently returned from my third visit to the archipelago of Svalbard, a magical place high above the Arctic Circle and home to around 3000 of the worlds declining Polar Bear population.

It is a beautiful place, glaciers around every corner, cliffs bustling with life during summer as the birds try frantically to breed before winter returns.

I was there for Mid-Summers Day, and was introduced to the tradition of celebrating the longest day, and reveling in the long summers sun before the days begin to shorten. It is a worthy tradition, and celebrates life and friendship and the good times. We spent mid-summers day anchored in front of the Lieliehookbreen, a 7km long glacial front on the west coast of Spitsbergen. The day was clear, the sky was blue, and everyone was filled with a sense of excitement at the expedition we were enjoying, and a sense of awe at the beauty of the place we were in. It was magic.

After a lunch served on deck under the shining sun, we danced the night away in the most northerly party on earth, celebrating the summer and the sun. I don't think there could have been a more fitting place to spend it.

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