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Daily Archives: 13. September 2014 − News & Stories


Polar bear with Sval­bard­bu­tik­ken plastic bag

This snapshot is defi­ni­te­ly amongst this summer’s bet­ter ones: A polar bear was stal­king a camp of stu­dents in Bill­efjord for a while last week, until it was deci­ded to evacua­te the camp and let the bear do wha­te­ver it wan­ted to. On that occa­si­on, Eli­da Lang­stein mana­ged to get this pho­to of the polar bear lea­ving a tent with a Sval­bard­bu­tik­ken plastic bag in his mouth.

It is not known what exact­ly was insi­de the bag.

Polar bear with Sval­bard­bu­tik­ken plastic bag in a camp in Bill­efjord. Pho­to: Eli­da Lang­stein.

Polar bear with Svalbardbutikken bag, Billefjord

Source: Sval­bard­pos­ten

Gru­ve­f­jel­let & Advent­da­len

(13th-15th Sep­tem­ber 2014) – Ear­ly win­ter rather than gol­den autumn – also impres­si­ve in a way, when arc­tic natu­re is showing its for­ces with cold and strong winds. And when it is rai­ning on top of it all, then it is the per­fect day to visit the muse­ums in Lon­gye­ar­by­en, you can always learn a lot in both of them. It is espe­cial­ly the Air­s­hip­mu­se­um that is always ama­zing. Incredi­ble how much Ste­fa­no Poli and Ingunn Løy­ning have collec­ted over the years, all their own initia­ti­ve. You should have a rough over­view of the expe­di­ti­ons of Andrée and Well­man, Amund­sen and Nobi­le befo­re visi­t­ing, other­wi­se the wealth of details may be con­fu­sing. But then it is a place whe­re you can return count­less times to learn and to be ama­zed.

Loo­king back and con­si­de­ring the rough wea­ther, I am almost sur­pri­sed mys­elf how much we have done in the­se 4 days around Lon­gye­ar­by­en also. After the first, exten­si­ve tour over the snow-cove­r­ed Pla­tå­ber­get on Thurs­day, we went up Gru­ve­f­jel­let on Fri­day, enjoy­ing views over the wide pla­teaux around Lon­gye­ar­by­en and down the val­ley, fol­lo­wed by a gla­cier walk across Lars­breen and a stee­pish descent down its morai­ne just befo­re the whir­ling snow tur­ned all views white and grey.

Mean­while, the fos­sil collec­tors were qui­te suc­cess­ful on the neigh­bou­ring morai­ne of Lon­gyear­breen.

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

Suc­cess also on Sunday in Enda­len on the quest for the Dwarf birch. We haven’t seen this tree (yes, it counts as a tree, even if it does not look like it) on our trips befo­re, as we tra­vel most­ly on ships and they don’t grow near the shore. We came just in time for some views over Advent­da­len from the height of mine 7 befo­re the snow drift sett­led in, and some har­dy hikers even went into Bol­terda­len in spi­te of wind and snow.

Now, the sky is blue again and it is time to board Anti­gua in the after­noon.

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