Maria Sahai ( Instagram) , a professional nature photographer leads Photography tours in the Arctic and Svalbard Archipelago. She spent her last 4 Christmas Eves at 78 degrees North, in Longyearbyen, the archipelago’s capital and world’s northernmost settlement (everything further north is either a military or a research station).
This tiny settlement of 2000 people is unique in so many ways. It is a home to northernmost school, university, supermarket, a man’s chorus, and much more. From October till February the sun doesn’t rise there, and 24h nights are perfect to observe Northern Lights.
Over the years she has documented the settlement’s history, nature and daily life.
Northern Lights seen during a natural phenomenon when the skies turned bright pink.