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HomeArctic blog: Jan Mayen, Spitsbergen → Isfjord: Pyra­mi­den, Gips­huks­let­ta

Isfjord - Pyramiden - Gipshuksletta

It still feels as if the snow melt was just yes­ter­day. The first flowers in the tun­dra. The birds just occu­p­ied their nests and cliffs. And now, it is sud­den­ly august. The first autum colours have repla­ced many flowers. The first fresh snow on the moun­tain tops. Young birds ever­y­whe­re on the tun­dra.

This voya­ge is coming to an end. It feels as if we have been tra­vel­ling for months now, the days have been so full and inten­se. At the same time, it is as if we have left Lon­gye­ar­by­en just yes­ter­day. Time is just fly­ing. A bit of both.

We haven’t seen any­thing of the polar bear in Pyra­mi­den, alt­hough they say it has been wal­king around direct­ly next to the hotel just yes­ter­day. Pyra­mi­den is always exci­ting. No mat­ter how many times I have been the­re, I keep dis­co­ve­ring some­thing new every time I am the­re. I have to get back the­re with some more time …

And of cour­se we went back to the tun­dra again later. Views into Gips­da­len and over Sas­senfjord, and to Dia­ba­sod­den, whe­re I saw my first polar bear in 1997, in the midd­le of the night, just out­side our tent … I’ll never for­get it, and I’ll think of it every time I see the place, even in the distance. Spits­ber­gen is full of memo­ries.

Now, a bunch of very hap­py polar tra­vel­lers is about to finish their trip. It was real­ly, real­ly good. So full of polar impres­si­ons, varia­ti­ons, inten­si­ty.

Click on thumb­nail to open an enlar­ged ver­si­on of the spe­ci­fic pho­to.

And now Lon­gye­ar­by­en again. To start with, that means stress. Far too much to do in far too litt­le time …



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