It's hard to believe just a few months ago we had 24-hour darkness. Now our night lasts just 3 hours... the Arctic is a place of extremes! Below is a chart of the last week's sunrise and sunset times, courtesy of the local weekly newspaper, the Inuvik Drum - http://www.nnsl.com/inuvik/inuvik.html.
Although it takes a lot of getting used to, I am loving the long days. Sitting on the patio enjoying a sunny BBQ until midnight ... going for an evening run in the cool brightness (temperatures are still around 5-10 degrees, although it will be getting warmer soon) ... walking to work with the sun already high overhead. All this brightness certainly gives you extra energy.
It is sometimes hard to settle down to sleep knowing the sun is still blazing outside, but thanks to good blackout curtains and some self-discipline, I'm able to get a full night's rest.
My favorite part of this spring season is the bright blue sky. I took the photos below around town about 3 weeks ago. I will need to take some updated photos, as most of our snow has disappeared now, and in its place we have big puddles and mud from the spring melt!
Ravens, ever-present in Inuvik, are seen here taking a break from scavenging and strewing garbage around town.