Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Saturday, 24 July 2010
Friday, 23 July 2010
We visited the museum, in the same building as the university and learned about life high in the arctic. We also learned about the explorers and how Longyearbyen had been an international coal mining town.
I saw the Svalbard seed vault where they're storing crop seeds for the future from around the world in case of disaster.
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We got on the shuttle bus to town... this is Longyearbyen high street, it includes shops, post office, hotels, stores, tourist ships, sports hire and a pub.
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More glaciers, I hadn't realised that there were any at Longyearbyen. More photographs, aren't you glad I'm not posting them all here?
the rock structure was unusual- but I was soon going to realise that this is a feature of Svalbard and the arctic.
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Thursday, 22 July 2010
Sometimes we could only see the spouts, more often we could only photograph the spouts- and sometimes we just watched in amazement. There were families, there were loners, there were different types, all around us, for hours.
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Wednesday, 21 July 2010
This is the North Cape. This is where you can see the midnight sun in summer and perhaps the northern lights in winter. It's well north of the arctic circle.
Last time we visited, it was blowing a blizzard and you could hardly stand upright. This time it is still windy and the sun is shining. Many passengers went off on excursions to the North Cape but we decided to stroll around town and also find ourselves a king crab salad... you can't visit Honningsvåg and not eat king crab, or so I'm told.
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Tuesday, 20 July 2010
As we sailed north the rain fell... but the skies were wonderful and there were plenty places on deck with shelter so the camera and I went out...
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Monday, 19 July 2010
but I just keep taking photos, trying to understand where the ice was going ? looking at what it has done to the surrounding landscape when it abandoned it.
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Sunday, 18 July 2010
the Norwegian fjords fascinate me... as we sailed towards Storfjorden the skies, light and scenery were constantly changing.
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