As the two-months long Polar night just ended, Longyearbyen entered the blue period. And my longing for the cold, but oh so magical, island grows.
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!
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I urge you all to check them out, you will not be disappointed!
Svalbard has many abandoned mining sites, and just a short boat trip away from Longyearbyen is beautiful Skansbukta. There are several commercial ships that take you on a day trip to many different sites from Longyearbyen. The ones headed for Pyramiden and Nordenskiold Glacier usually take a swing by the Skansbukta so you can take your pictures – as I did in early September 2006.
Skansbukta, a bay protected from winds from most directions, lays in the outer part of Billefjorden. The impressive cliff is named Skansen. Here you find remains of a gypsum mine that was active for about half a year in 1918, and again for a few years from 1930.
Everything man-made that you see here are protected cultural remains, and must under no circumstance be moved or ruined.
Want to see more photos from Svalbard? Check out these previous posts:
Longyearbyen is the northernmost town in the world. It is seated at Svalbard which is treaty country, governed by Norway. Just a quick boat ride away you have the spectacular Bore Glacier. The Bore Glacier is 22 kilometers long and 4 kilometers wide. The name is derived from the Greek “Boreas” which means Wind from the North.
These pictures are from a boat trip I made with Polarcharter and what better way of spending Friday night can you ever think of? The whole trip takes about 5 hours, and after ample time to take in the view and take your pictures, you will be treated to a nice BBQ on the back deck with this magnificent glacier as the focal point while you enjoy your food.
I took this trip early in the season, so there is ice on the fjord still, and if you look closely you will see the seals on the ice. No Polar Bears in sight during our visit, so the seals could rest peacefully. And yes, this is evening time. In summer, the sun runs around and around on the sky in its own little marathon and does not set for 4 months
I love a good quote, and if it is funny to boot – then we have a winner:
“If there really is a pole at the North Pole, I bet there’s some dead explorer-guy with his tongue stuck to it.” — Bob Van Voris.
Would you like to see more of this breathtaking scenery? Click on the links below:
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