3 Apr 2014 - Skiing the Arctic cold

Det skjer så vanvittig mye spennende på Svalbard og i så stor fart, at det å sette seg ned bak datamaskinen og skrive et blogginnlegg simpelthen tar for mye tid. Derfor har jeg denne gangen valgt å fortelle litt på video, slik at dere ser at jeg har det bra, til tross for at jeg ser ut som en uteligger. For øvrig lar jeg bildene fra vår 8-dagers skiekspedisjon snakke for seg selv. Se og nyt vakre Svalbard!
Er gebeuren zoveel gave dingen op Svalbard en in zo'n grote vaart, dat rustig achter de computer zitten om de website te updaten gewoonweg te veel tijd in beslag neemt. Daarom heb ik er deze keer voor gekozen om kort iets per video te vertellen, zodat jullie zien dat ik het goed heb, ondanks mijn uiterlijk als zwerver. Daarnaast laat ik de foto's van onze 8-daagse skiexpeditie voor zichzelf spreken. Kijk en geniet van schitterend Svalbard!
There are happening so many exciting things at once on Svalbard, that sitting behind the computer to write a blog update simply takes too much time. Therefore, I have chosen to shortly share some thoughts on video, also to show you that I am doing good, despite my appearance as a bum. Further, I will let the photos from our 8-day ski expedition speak for themselves. Watch and enjoy magnificent Svalbard!


Transportation by snowcat from Longyearbyen to our start point in Reindalen

Our 100 km route, starting at Reindalen in Nordenskiöld Land National Park.
Tents mark our basecamps (with temperatures), some of which (BC2 and BC5) were located on Slakbreen Glacier.


Our first meters on ski's, dragging a pulka across Reindalen Valley.

Reindalen Valley

Basecamp 1

Chilly morning temperatures while packing

Dragging the pulka up one of the many snowcovered glaciers of Svalbard is rewarded with panoramic winter views.


Sunrise at -27 Celsius on top of Slakbreen Glacier

Good eyes are needed on Svalbard to notice nature's subtle contrasts

Svea, a mining settlement some 60 kilometers south of Longyearbyen, and also our turning point

Skiing along the van Mijenfjord partly covered by sea ice


Evening lights

Gustavdalen Valley

Several days of low temperatures caused one team member to suffer from first degree frost bite and light hypothermia,
leading to a nondramatic rescue operation by Airlift. A good practice for Arctic Nature Guide students.

VIDEO

Enjoying magnificent views over Nordenskiöld Land National Park after reaching the Varpbreen Glacier's highest point (750 meter)

Me, Alex, Ådne, Ida and Oula descending Slakbreen ('the slack glacier')
Picture by Stian Aadland

Siësta Arctic style: enjoying a lunch in -20 Celsius

Crossing Reindalen Valley for the second time, facing the mountain ridges of Tverrdalen Valley



Following the blue ice of the frozen Tverrdalen River


At our last basecamp, we found five very nicely build snowcaves, which we gratefully used