Residents of Slettnes in Gamvik are once again able to celebrate the sun’s return to northern Norway.
“It’s finally our turn. The days are already longer and there is optimism in the local population,” said biologist Roy Erlin Wrånes.
The area has been in darkness since the middle of November and now the residents can look forward to much brighter days.
Locals will now mark the occasion with the weeklong ‘Solfest’(celebration of the sun) in Mehamn at Nordkyn, a local tradition, with horse and sleigh journeys for tourists out to Slettnes, the world’s northernmost mainland lighthouse.
According to Mr Wrånes, winter tourists from around the world come to see the Northern Lights, including from Japan and China.
“It’s a fantastic time of year for this phenomenon, and several photographers come to take beautiful and unique pictures,” he told Dagbladet.