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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.

August 2017 reviewed: Lady Franklinfjord, Rossøya and further highlights

The police raid on the local drug scene – which is not the world’s biggest one – was probably the biggest public excitement in August in Longyearbyen. They have to show every couple of years that drugs are not tolerated … Continue reading

July 2017 reviewed: the south cape, polar bears and arctic Christmas

Considering public news, July was a rather calm month in Spitsbergen. Which is great. No news are good news. Of course, there is always something, but all within reason. The reindeer were doing well, there were no avalanches and no … Continue reading

2017 reviewed: June, Jan Mayen – the lava caves on Beerenberg

I have to start with a confession: I forgot the main excitement in Longyearbyen in April: the town was running out of toilet paper! People in arctic Longyearbyen seem to a surprisingly large degree be willing to accept climate change, … Continue reading

Reviewing 2017, May: Bear Island – Perleporten

In May, we started the arctic summer season a.k.a. sailing season on good old SV Antigua. We took off in Bodø in north Norway and spent a couple of lovely days in Lofoten and Vesterålen, before we ventured north across … Continue reading

2017 reviewed: April in Spitsbergen – Sveagruva

After the big Antarctic Odyssey, I went straight up to Longyearbyen. One long trip from the southernmost regular airport in the world to the northernmost one, from the Beagle Channel to Isfjord, for a couple of weeks of arctic winter … Continue reading

2017: my year in review – February and March: the Antarctic Odyssey

After finishing the big project with my new Norwegian guidebook Svalbard – Norge nærmest Nordpolen, it was time to get some fresh air. And I got lots of it during a trip around the world in February in March. The … Continue reading

2017: my year in review

It is almost frightening how time is flying. Again, a year almost gone! It was an intense, rich year. What did the last 12 months bring, for Spitsbergen, for spitsbergen-svalbard.com and for me? I’ll review the year with a couple … Continue reading

More evacuations on the anniversary of the 2015 avalanche in Longyearbyen

Update (21 December): The weather has calmed down again and after checking relevant avalanche-prone slopes, the authorities have decided to lift the traffic ban that was implemented on Monday. The evacuations from last week, concerning the upper row of houses … Continue reading

Houses in Longyearbyen evacuated: residual risk of avalanches too high despite local warning system

Soon it will be two years ago that the avalanche came down from the mountain Sukkertoppen that destroyed eleven houses and took two lives. There will be a memorial ceremony in Longyearbyen on the day, 19 December. The avalanche area … Continue reading

The hut in Foxdalen – 21st November 2017

As mentioned before, November is not exactly the time for long trips out in the arctic wilderness. But that does not mean that you can’t go out on tour. Even a few kilometres can be interesting and even challenging in … Continue reading

Santa Claus’ Letterbox – 20th November 2017

If you have been to Longyearbyen since December 2013, then you have seen the huge, red letterbox just upon entering town, as you came from the airport. This was the Santa Claus Mailbox, and here you could post your letters … Continue reading

Picture frames made of Spitsbergen-driftwood available for the first time in limited edition

During a walk on any of Spitsbergen’s beautiful beaches, you can’t help it but be amazed about the impressive amounts of driftwood. Not only does it add a aesthetical aspect to the otherwise rather sterile shoreline, but it does also … Continue reading

Ugledalen – 16th November 2017

A small valley, not too far from Longyearbyen. But not too close either. Compared to the polar night far away from any artificial light, Longyearbyen is still bright as day – well, almost. With these 3 images, I try to … Continue reading

Polar night – 14th November 2017

Back in Longyearbyen. Spitsbergen in mid-November may not be your place if you love sunshine. You have to appreciate the polar night to enjoy being here now. The last time the sun made it above the horizon was in late … Continue reading

New 360° panorama: Ballstad, Lofoten

A new panorama on this site gives a 360 degree view of Ballstad on Vestvågøy, one of the Lofoten islands in north Norway. I shot it freehand and the weather was quite typical November. Part of the new panorama of … Continue reading

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