Sunday, June 17, 2012

Smeerenburg beach


At Longyearbyen airport now, flight back to Tromsø soon.
We did not have any access to internet the past few days, so I will post a bunch of pictures now.
We had some really nice weather around Ny Ålesund and went to some beautiful, lonely beaches. I also had a close encounter with a magical glacier...

We sailed to the Fram Strait and into the polar ice. It feels like the edge of the world, and quite a contrast.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Visiting the Polish station.
Then into the fjord, visiting the glaciers.
Lectures on scientific journalism and oil spills at sea.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Pyramiden panorama

Pyramiden Bar


Pyramiden, a Russian ghost town. After a long walk we find an open café !? Wodka for everyone!
Continue to Barentsburg. National day in Russia, everyone is dressed up and in a good mood. After the Barentsburg museum, we continue towards the Barentsburg Hotel, and the bar. Very nice.

Monday, June 11, 2012


11.6: Arrival at Svalbard Airport, 14:00h
Helmer Hanssen is floating in the fjord, all mooring space is occupied. We drop the luggage and go to UNIS: University in Svalbard. First to the Svalbard museum where we get a guided tour. Then to Kroa for some food, a couple of beers and socializing

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Outreach cruise

7 days to Spitsbergen with politicians and business people as guests on board Helmer Hanssen, UIT's expedition vessel. (11.6 - 17.6) Daily updates when possible.