Nordenskiold Glacier


Above the yellow building, you and Lenin see the Nordenskiold glacier

In my post a couple of days ago, I presented the world’s northernmost Lenin statue (see this post: Lenin’s Arctic View), and more importantly – his views. Now what exactly is he looking at? Yes, a glacier. This glacier, Nordenskiöldbreen, is located at Svalbard at the bottom of Billefjorden. It is named after a Finnish and Swedish baron, geologist, mineralogist and Arctic Explorer; Nils Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld (1832 – 1901). He led the Vega expedition along the northern coast of Eurasia in 1878-1879 – which was the first complete crossing of the Northeast Passage.

Now, there are far more impressive glaciers on Svalbard than this one, but this is one of the more frequently visited ones. I have crossed it several times on snowmobile and sailed close to it on ships. Whenever I see a glacier I can’t help but think about the great Arctic explorers of the past, and the words of Roald Amundsen (first to reach the South Pole) comes to mind:

“Adventure is just bad planning.”

I am way too safety conscious to go on a quest the South Pole, but I do agree with Amundsen. In my travels I do find that not planning everything to the tiniest detail, does allow me to experience my own adventures, however small they might be.

I would like to submit one of my photos of the Nordenskiold Glacier for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Two different things or the number two.  Being a smart chick here (Please do not argue, let me just pretend to be a smart cookie – it’s just easier and less painful that way) – I would like to point out that my picture contains two references to the number 2: It is water in two forms (solid and fluid)and the chemical formula contains the number 2. Yanno, H2O! So I am giving you two diffrent forms of the same substance –  H2O! See? Can you say “Nerd Much?”


I would like to thank Michelle Mac (Southern by design) for thinking of me as a prospective participant in the “3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge”. Michelle not only masters the art of poetry, but also writes really good thought provoking personal pieces. She has also been known to snap some really good photos! So don’t hang around here – go check her out!

Let me talk you through the rules of the challenge:

  1. Three quotes for three days.
  2. Three nominees each day (no repetition).
  3. Thank the person who nominated you.
  4. Inform the nominees.

3-days-3-quotes1Day 1 Nominees:

I urge you all to check them out, you will not be disappointed!


Want to see more pictures from Svalbard? Then check out the category above under English posts: Svalbard
Ooh, Shiny!

Rules to success


I have no idea who Roger H. Lincoln was. There is nothing on Wikipedia on him. When I google him, I do find an old picture of a bespeckled man in a military uniform. I don’t know if he was successful, and if he was – in what? Maybe he succeeded in staying incognito – thus had great success in incognitoness. I don’t even know if the quote is accredited to the right name. I don’t really care.

I keep returning to this quote, I reuse it on my facebook quite often. It doesn’t move me in a profound way. In fact, I don’t like the so called profound quotes that inhabit every wall on facebook, as they are completely meaningless, and un-funny. I like my quote. Because it tickles my funny bone. Every time I post it, someone will ask what the other, blank rule is. They don’t get it. And that is funny.

Written in response to The Daily Prompt Quote Me; “Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?”