The Land of the Midnight Sun: Summer and Winter Journeys through Sweden, Norway, Lapland and Northern Finland, with Descriptions of the Inner Life of the People, Their Manners and Customs, the Primitive Antiquities, Etc - Vol. 2

The Land of the Midnight Sun: Summer and Winter Journeys through Sweden, Norway, Lapland and Northern Finland, with Descriptions of the Inner Life of the People, Their Manners and Customs, the Primitive Antiquities, Etc - Vol. 2

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The Land of the Midnight Sun: Summer and Winter Journeys through Sweden, Norway, Lapland and Northern Finland, with Descriptions of the Inner Life of the People, Their Manners and Customs, the Primitive Antiquities, Etc - Vol. 2

The Land of the Midnight Sun: Summer and Winter Journeys through Sweden, Norway, Lapland and Northern Finland, with Descriptions of the Inner Life of the People, Their Manners and Customs, the Primitive Antiquities, Etc - Vol. 2

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Winter. -- In the North a Sunless Sk. -- Short Days in the South. -- Beautiful Nights. -- A Snow-storm on the Norwegian Coast. -- Making the Land. -- Chris. tiansand. -- Ferder Light -- house. -- Christiania Fjord. -- Fog. -- Slow Travelling. -- Iee in the Fjord. -- Christiania in Winter.

How great the contrast between summer and winter in the beautiful peninsula of Scandinavia -- "the Land of the Midnight Sun!" In December, in the far North, a sunless sky hangs over the country; for the days of continuous sunshine in summer there are as many without the sun appearing above the horizon in winter. During that time, even at the end of December, which is the darkest period, when the weather is clear one can read from eleven A.M. to one P.M. without artificial light; but if it is cloudy, or snow is falling, lamps must be used. The moon takes the place of the sun, the stars shine brightly, the atmosphere is pure and clear, and the sky very blue. The aurora borealis sends its flashes and streamers of light high up towards the zenith; and there are days when the electric storm culminates in a corona of gorgeous color, presenting a spectacle never to be forgotten. I have travelled in many lands, and within the tropics, but I have never seen such glorious nights as those of winter in "the Land of the Midnight Sun." The long twilights which, father south, make the evening and morning blend into one, are here succeeded by long dark nights and short days.

All nature seems to be in deep repose; the gurgling brook is silent; the turbulent streams are frozen; the waves of the lakes, upon which the rays of the summer sun played, strike . . .

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