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Author Archives: Rolf Stange

Der Seitenbetreiber, Autor, Verlagschef und Polar-Guide Rolf Stange schreibt über spannende Themen rund um Spitzbergen und die Arktis.

Solfest: Sola er tilbake – the sun is back!

Sola e’ tilbake! That was the motto of the day last Friday (several day ago already, time is running!), which was THE big day: solfest – sun fest – in Longyearbyen! As mentioned, the sun has actually returned to the … Continue reading

Sassendalen and Tempelfjord

The winter keeps showing off with cold, stable weather and the sun is climbing a tiny little bit higher every day. We make use of such grand conditions as often as possible to enjoy the outdoors in this amazing country, … Continue reading

Sun festival in Longyearbyen

Spitsbergen was under full control of the polar night just a few weeks ago, but now the light is returning with full force. The sun is getting higher up on the sky every day, and around mid-day, the mighty Hiorthfjellet … Continue reading

February-impressions from Spitsbergen

February can be a beautiful month in Spitsbergen. Especially if it is nice and cold and not as battered by climate change as last year, when warm air incursions brought several periods of thawing and rain. This year, we have … Continue reading

Grounded trawler Northguider: recovery planned in August

The shrimp trawler Northguider ran aground in Hinlopenstrait close to Sparreneset on Nordaustland, just south of Murchisonfjord. The whole crew could be saved by helicopter, as reported earlier. The crew has later described the whole experience, in total darkness, strong … Continue reading

Arctic winter light in Tempelfjord

Some visit a temple to find enlightenment. We visit Tempelfjord and find the light. View through Eskerdalen, Sassendalen in the distance in the dawn of the early polar day in February. The start of our little excursion was admittedly a … Continue reading

Sunshine and 20 degrees …

… is not really what you expect in Spitsbergen in February. But it is also not really a good description of what we currently have in Longyearbyen. Theoretically, we should have had the first sunrise on Saturday (16 February). This … Continue reading

Lunckefjellet: the end of an arctic coal mine

The Lunckefjellet coal mine is a political-economical phenomenon. The first ton of coal was “produced” in November 2013 – a symbolic act, the mine was not yet in productive operation. This was not the case either when Lunckefjellet was officially … Continue reading

A day in Spitsbergen: polar dogs and polar jazz

The experiences to be made here in Spitsbergen in one day can be very rich in contrast: a little ski tour in Adventdalen with company on four legs brings exercise, fresh air and impressions of light and landscape – pure … Continue reading

Ban on motorised traffic on fjord ice under discussion

The solid ice in Spitsbergen’s fjord is an important habitat for wildlife as well as a popular destination for both locals and tourists – if it is solid enough. This has not always been the case anymore in recent years. … Continue reading

Polarjazz Festival 2019 opened with “Vorspiel”

Some may still think of Longyearbyen as a small, remote and dusty mining settlement at the cold end of the world, but the times when this was actually the case have been history now for decades. Today, Longyearbyen is very … Continue reading

Northern lights, northern lights, northern lights …

My dear friends, let me tell you, it is tough. For weeks we have been trying to get some sleep at normal times. But it just doesn’t work. This northern light is really too bad. Really, it can be annoying! … Continue reading

Blue lights and northern lights

The days are just flying, or rather this endless night. It will still take a while until you can talk of “days” again in Spitsbergen. But the light is coming back! There is clearly some faint dawn on the southern … Continue reading

Lunar eclipse over Spitsbergen

Today (21 January 2019) was the day (well, it is not really a day, the sun does not rise at all here currently) of a major astronomical event, the next one after the solar eclipse in 2015. The lunar eclipse … Continue reading

Vinkelstasjon, neighbour reindeer and Science Slam

Time is flying, there is always something to do. Mostly stuff that isn’t worth mentioning, but it is really filling the days. Everyday life. Projects. Work. Yes, and life. Friends. Being outside. Being outside is obviously one main reason for … Continue reading

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