The High Arctic summer with its permanent sunlight provides a situation in which one of the natural synchronizers, the light-dark alternation, is minimal. During the summers of 1981 and 1982 three healthy right-handed geographers who were performing field studies in Svalbard as part of their own research volunteered to document, 4-6 times per 24 hr for respectively 63, 141 and 147 days, a set of circadian rhythms: self-rated fatigue, oral temperature, grip strength of both hands, heart rate and times of awakening and retiring. Tests were performed before departure from France, in Svalbard (79 degrees N latitude) where their daily activities were often strenuous, and after returning to France. Time series were treated individually according to three methods: display of data as a function of time, cosinor analyses to quantify rhythm parameters, and spectral analyses to estimate component periods of rhythms. Circadian parameters such as period and acrophase of activity-rest, oral temperature and fatigue rhythms were not altered. On the other hand, the circadian rhythm in grip strength was altered: the period differed from 24 hr in one subject, while grip strength acrophase of the left, but not the right, hand of the other two subjects was phase shifted during the sojourn in Svalbard. A prominent circahemidian (about 12 hr) rhythm was observed in two subjects for their heart rate in Svalbard, while a prominent circadian rhythm (differing from exactly 24 hr) was observed in France associated with a small circahemidian component.