Christmas is celebrated in Antarctica

Christmas is celebrated in Antarctica

At the Norwegian research station in Troning Maud Land, Antarctica, the crow flies 14,605 ​​kilometers from Oslo – a normal weekday until 5pm on Christmas Eve.

– We have excellent lunch with hot and cold dishes. There was a direct service from Svalbard at 3pm, and dinner was served at 5pm, says Øystein Mæland, who is in charge of electricity in the winter.

Dessert: Olav Bjerva and Emil Moberget in the kitchen at Troll.
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Beyond that, he says, the celebration is quiet. Many prefer to call home with family in the evening.

– Mæland tells Dagbladet that the working day goes on as usual for most, some decorate the evening and prepare for others.

Winter Team: Gaud Ringvall, Julie Chiltern, Jonas Tweed Hinnah, Wettil Bron, Runer Sievesint, Austen Meland in Troll's 23/24 Winter Team.

Winter Team: Gaud Ringvall, Julie Chiltern, Jonas Tweed Hinnah, Wettil Bron, Runer Sievesint, Austen Meland in Troll's 23/24 Winter Team.
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“Three Nuts for Cinderella”

At the Ny-Alesund Research Station in Svalbard, Christmas is celebrated with a full program from morning to night, and people of all nationalities celebrate together.

– This year we have a total of twelve nationalities celebrating Christmas together. On the picture [under] We are gathered in front of one of the two Christmas trees imported for the occasion, says research coordinator Ingrid Gerstad.

Twelve Nations: In Ny Alesund, these celebrated Christmas: the former Xing xin Zhao (China), Tessa Viglezio (Switzerland), João Gomed Ilha (Brazil) in front.  Behind FV Ingrid Kerstad (Norway), Isabelle Schulz (Germany), Fieg Rader (Netherlands).  Sitting on the edge of the sofa: Apolline Pibarot (France), Monica Tosco (Italy), Krish Parakur (India).  Photo: Arndt Rennan

Twelve Nations: In Ny Alesund, these celebrated Christmas: the former Xing xin Zhao (China), Tessa Viglezio (Switzerland), João Gomed Ilha (Brazil) in front. Behind FV Ingrid Kerstad (Norway), Isabelle Schulz (Germany), Fieg Rader (Netherlands). Sitting on the edge of the sofa: Apolline Pibarot (France), Monica Tosco (Italy), Krish Parakur (India). Photo: Arndt Rennan
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– In short, the whole day starts with breakfast, followed by a joint screening of “Three Nuts to Cinderella”, porridge with choir singing in the old barn, and finally a joint Christmas celebration and a small gift for everyone in the well-being, she adds.

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