Norway may be the best place in the world to celebrate the cold — while it lasts.

Photographs by Chloe Dewe Mathews

Surfers run across the snow toward Unstad beach in Norway.
Surfers run across the snow toward Unstad beach in Norway.
Surfers run across the snow toward Unstad beach, a popular spot for wave-catchers on the Lofoten Islands.

Solastalgia. It’s the word for the existential depression ­conjured by bearing witness to climate change. I was crippled by it. And then I found out I was pregnant.

As a science and nature writer, I had grappled with climate change in my reporting, but not so much on a personal level. And admittedly, my climate anxiety manifested itself in small ways: I dreaded mild winters and torrential downpours that should’ve been snowstorms, and generally longed for a time when the park by my house would freeze over in late November and stay a desolate tundra…

Kea Krause

Kea Krause is a writer based out of New York. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Believer, and Longreads, among other outlets.

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