Solstice in Vardø

December 21st, 2005

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Here they are, the magnificient mermaids of Vardø.(click for full size)

They like to go swimming in the icy seas every other week-or-so, and it’s
a MUST to go for a dip when the sun is on its lowest, turning around to
come back up. That’s today, at 7:35PM local time to be precise: Winter
solstice!

I was very honored and pleased when they invited me to come along for the
ritual- how could I resist?!

The happening took place at Svartneset, on the coast of the main land just
on the other side of the tunnel. There is a
nice sandy beach there, and none of the treacherous currents that can
sweep you clean out into the Barents’ Sea from the
island of Vardø.

So exactly as the sun reached its low point of the year we ran screaming
into the waters to let the waves cover us. Then
we all came back up with renewed energy and glee to share the hot and
sweet “gløgg” that Ingrid had so thoughtfully
brought along.

A good time was had by all, and we now feel very much at one with the
creative new energies of the coming seasons.

And yes! Even the weather cooperated nicely. Yesterday sported a mean
northern gale with snow blizzards. Today however,
conditions were perfect with powdery snow, bright Northern Lights, and the
sea a balmy four degrees above freezing.

At the end we all agreed we would do this more often.

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Unfortunately, my batteries passed out when everybody stripped.
This photograph is taken after the main event.
I’ll try my best to deliver some more nudity on our next dip.

Entry Filed under: Vardonian Chronicles

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