Seasonal darkness full of light

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Norway has now entered what’s traditionally called mørketiden, literally “the dark time,” when the sun dips below the horizon in the northernmost areas of the country, and the days get extremely short elsewhere as winter sets in. The dark time of the year, however, can really offer some of its most unique light.

The sun actually shone brightly in southern Norway on Sunday, and although it already starts to set around 3:30pm in the Oslo area, the sunsets can be stunning indeed. This was the view south along the Oslo Fjord on Sunday afternoon and the sunset lasted for a long time.

Earlier in the week, in the midst of an otherwise gloomy and rainy afternoon, the skies suddenly seemed to lighten and the sun peeked out, leading to this spectacular rainbow over Aker Brygge in Oslo. In the background, the hills of Ekeberg on Oslo’s east side.

The rainbow didn’t last long, maybe around five minutes, but it stopped some pedestrians in their tracks and reportedly prompted some motorists to slow down, even pull off to the side of the street to get a good look. Some reported it was especially brilliant as seen from the Holmenkollen area in the hills above Oslo. This photo shows the rainbow ending in the Frogner neighbourhood. Ten minutes later, it was pouring rain again.

ALL PHOTOS: Morten Møst

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