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In and around Longyearbyen, September 10-15, 2014

A good 4 days to explore Longyearbyen and surroundings. There are endless opportunities, provided the weather is reasonable and you don’t mind a good bit of hiking.

Admittedly, we were not exactly spoiled by the weather. The grey cloud cover came further down than we wanted it to come; often, the visibility disappeared behind whirling snow and the wind was strong and cold at most times. Higher mountains such as Nordenskiöldfjellet (1053 Meter) and Trollsteinen (850 Meter) were accordingly not an option. But we went up Platåberget, a very popular place to go for a good hike directly to Longyearben, for a longish tour; next day, the tour over Gruvefjellet, Larsbreen and Sarkofagen was a treat for the hikers. The fossil collectors made some good finds despite the snow cover in 500 metres altitude. For the first time on one of our (Rolf/Geo-RG) tours, we could see the Dwarf Birch, a rather rare plant in Spitsbergen, which grows only at a few sites far away from the coast and accordingly not in reach when you are traveling by ship.

Weather-wise, the least pleasant day was Saturday (13th, did it have to do with the date?). A perfect day to visit both the Svalbardmuseum and the Airship/North Pole Expedition Museum. Both have extremely interesting displays where you can learn a lot, no matter if you are in Spitsbergen for the first time or if you are an advanced arctic traveller.

Don’t miss Rolf’s arctic blog for more stories from these days in and near Longyearbyen.

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In and around Longyearbyen, September 10-15, 2014 /
With SV Antigua at Spitsbergen’s west coast, September 15-24, 2014

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