If you are a true Star Wars fan and you wonder what it would be like to be on one of the planets like Hoth or Helska surrounded by cold and technology then Norwegian island Spitsbergen is the place for you. Spitsbergen lies in the Arctic circle where the sun is always above the horizon from late April to late August. From mid November till end January it is civil polar night meaning that artificial light must be used at all times as there is no sun during the day.
There are several satellite dishes and radars build on the huge empty landscape with only ice and snow to be seen.
Norwegian photographer Christian Houge is fascinated with the huge contrast between primal landscape and technology. He has traveled at least seven times to Spitsbergen and took photos depicting a huge isolated area with only technology as evidence of human presence.
Spitsbergen would sure make one heck of a different vacation destination. I’m not a fan of Star Wars in the sense that I like the movies but I do not need to own the DVD’s. What I like about sci-fi movies are the unreality of it, with Star Trek it’s the Voyager ship, I always fantasize when watching on how it would be like to live on a spaceship. With Star Wars it was the planets, especially the fact that the environments where so primal but yet with the most advanced technology. I still wonder about that.
The photographs of Christian Houge show that here on earth we are not far away from the fiction, which is logical considering we pour creativity and ideas from our surroundings.