Heavy drinking in isolated Arctic Svalbard – The Independent

Heavy drinking in isolated Arctic Svalbard – The Independent

In this story for The Independent I looked at how the inhabitants of Svalbard, high above the Arctic Circle, endure the polar night – four unrelenting months of darkness.

 

How does this ceaseless darkness affect the locals? I’d only been in Longyearbyen a few hours, but the lack of light had already started playing tricks with my body clock. It was just 4pm and I was on my fourth pint.

 

I’m not a teetotaller by any stretch of the imagination, but heavy afternoon drinking, in an empty pub, in the Arctic? Anne sought to reassure me. “People here drink so much more in winter. The lack of sunlight makes it feel like the end of the day much earlier.”

 

You can read the full article here. 

Date

February 21, 2017

Category

Words