Here are some pictures from our latest adventures around Longyearbyen. Me and a friend went for a late night walk which was pretty magical with the midnight sun!
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.
Way overdue with the blogging again.. Vel vel vel, what have we done since the last time?
We’ve been LOGGING ROCKS. Core descrpitions like there’s no tomorrow. Kilomteres of drilled cores have been logged.
Inbetween the logging we’ve had interesting lectures about CO2-emissions, global climate change, global energy systems and evironmental issues.
The days fly by, and the snow melts more and more every day. The birds are chriping. I also got super news today, I am going to SVALEX in August! YAY!
The guys I live with is super fun. We can be sitting in the kitchen and just talking or whatever, when someone suddenly say: “POLAR FOX!!!” eller “reindeer alert!!”, and everyone runs for clothes and cameras. Then we look like this:
Mr. Foxy is elusive, but we someone capture him on camera!
The weather here is just SO FANTASTIC. Every day is sunny from a blue sky.
We’ve been on tours around the town, visiting Endalen, Todalen and Foxdalen. There’s also been tons of social events, which is good for networking.
Me, Gareth, Alexandros og Xixi went up to Mine 2 the other day and played around. It was THE MOST FUN Ive had in YEARS. I cannot describe the utter joy of just wandering around in the old, worn down hallways of the mine, looking at 60s and 70s history on the walls. It cannot be described, I am a childish soul who love to climb things. This was my playground!!!
I’ve seen tons of birds, and got a close encounter with Mr.Foxy the arctic fox ❤
I've also held a presentation. Did well. I'm in heaven!
Onto pictures 😉