12 Jul 2014 - Svalbardian dessert

Jeg er litt stedsforvirret. Under vingene glir Svalbards fjelltopper forbi, bare tre uker etter at jeg så vemodig tok farvel med øygruppa. Men jeg måtte tilbake til Arktis, til midnattsoløya, for å oppleve sommeren på 78 grader nord, for å ta noen pils med mine nye venner, og for å hente resten av utstyret mitt som lå igjen her, 1300 kilometer fra Nordpolen. Jeg nøt en ukeslang 'Svalbardiansk dessert', toppet med en båttur til Pyramiden, det russiske gruvesamfunnet som i sin høytid var den største bosetningen på Svalbard, men som ble nedlagt og fraflyttet i 1998. Jeg ønsker å dele noen inntrykk og bilder med dere, som nå vil skjønne at Svalbard imponerer stadig vekk, uten å skuffe.
Ik ben wat gedesoriënteerd. Onder de vleugels glijden Svalbard's toppen door, slechts drie weken nadat ik wat weemoedig afscheid nam van de archipel. Maar ik moest terug naar het Noordpoolgebied, naar het middernachtzoneiland, om de zomer op 78 graden noorderbreedte mee te maken, om een biertje te pakken met mijn nieuwe vrienden, en om de rest van mijn uitrusting hier, op 1300 kilometer van de Noordpool, op te pikken. Ik heb genoten van een week durende 'Svalbardiaans toetje', met als hoogtepunt een boottocht naar Pyramiden, het Russische mijndorp dat in haar hoogtijdagen de grootste nederzetting op Spitsbergen was, maar in 1998 gesloten en verlaten werd. Ik wil een aantal impressies en foto's met jullie delen; jullie begrijpen onderhand wel dat Svalbard altijd imponeert, zonder ooit teleur te stellen.
I am a bit disoriented. Under the wings Svalbard's peak glide by, just three weeks after my melancholy goodbye to the archipelago. But I had to return to the Arctic, to the island of the Midnight Sun, to experience the summer at 78 degrees north, to take some beers with my new friends, and to collect the rest of my equipment left here at 1,300 kilometers from the North Pole. I enjoyed a week-long 'Svalbardian dessert', topped with a boat trip to Pyramiden, the Russian mining community that in its high days was the largest settlement on Svalbard, but closed and abandoned as late as 1998. I want to share some impressions and pictures with you; you will by now have understood that Svalbard impresses constantly, never disappointing its guests.




The tent, still standing strong, well guarded and lived in by Morten.
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Reindeers are changing to their summer coat

Colors are found everywhere in Longyearbyen, especially during summer




Snow mobile and snow tourism is replaced by cruise and boat tourism







Pyramiden




The world's northernmost Lenin statue is watching over the abandoned Russian settlement of Pyramiden, with a view over the stunning Nordenskiöld glacier







Nordenskiöld Glacier



The bird cliffs of Diabasodden, colonized by guillemots (Norwegian: polarlomvi, Dutch: zeekoeten)



Puffin (Norwegian: Lundefugl, Dutch: Papegaaiduiker)

Goodbye Svalbard, see you in September (Yes, to be continued...)