I do not know even where to start!
Time goes by so quickly here, I just can’t get around to blog! But I want to remember what I’ve done. I’ve done a lot of local hikes around the Longyear valley. we’ve been to several mine trips – soon we’ve visited all the mines around Longyearbyen! Only missing Mine 2 and Mine 4. That’s one of the things I love about Longyear – you have amazing nature AND amazing history/cultural heritage. There’s something so special about the mines, they attract me and fascinate me so much!!!
Since my last post, I’ve had a week of field work. We went to the Deltanes to look at reservoir rocks for our potential CO2-storage location. It was just an amazing experience to go into the field… I was pretty reluctant due to the weather. It was blowing easternly 10-15m/s, overcast and the waves were high. Yeah, cause you know. We were going into the field by boat. RIB BOATS!! After signing a “next of kin”-slip in case I died in the field (!) it was on with the survival suit and off we went. The teletubbie suits were just… LOL. I was pretty nervous, but the boat ride was THE FUNNIEST THING!! We just flew over the waves, I wish we could do more of that. 2 hours hike to the Diabasodden awaited.
The feeling of being completely isolated in the arctic wilderness was one of a kind. With the gun on our backs we were on constant polar bear watch – the overcast cloud layer gave a beautiful light to the landscape. It felt so free!
The next week we went to mine 7 and went into the mine! What a great experience, but pretty dusty, warm and claustrophobic….. Afterwards we visited the power plant in Longyearbyen.
I am doing a lot of offroad biking as well, which is my favoirte past time activity.