I’m honestly not sure if I’ve ever been in a colder environment than I am right now. Even the Norwegians are complaining how unusually brisk it is. It’s about 6 degrees Fahrenheit.
It’s beautiful, however. Stunning, really. And it’s a direct result of the unreasonably unseasonably low temps.
Normally there would be more snow on the ground but it’s actually been too cold to snow! What’s happened, instead, is that fog has been rolling in. The moisture from the snow is sticking to the trees and everything looks like a magical fairytale land of ice.
I keep thinking I’m in the movie, Narnia. It’s a winter wonderland like you can’t imagine unless you’ve seen it for yourself.
Long underwear is on. Hat. Gloves. And lots of layers. But still the cold seeps in.
This area is also quite far north. Therefore, sunrise doesn’t happen until after 9 a.m. and sunset is about 3:15.
The photo above was taken shortly after 9:30 a.m. on Thursday. The sun comes up, slowly moves across a portion of the sky and then dips back down about 6 hours later. One of my colleagues on this trip pointed to the sun, hovering just above the horizon, and noted that it was “high noon.”
Today is the Nobel Peace Price Ceremony in Oslo and I’ll be attending. Some Norwegians have pondered out loud why they have this in the winter (it’s always on December 10 as this is the day that Alfred Nobel died in 1895) but I’m quite pleased to be here in this beautiful landscape, despite being cold to the bones.
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Packing for the Peace Prize