The Amundsen mast is one of the cultural heritages objects in and around Ny-Ålesund. Back in the days, this big pole was used as an anchor point for the zeppelin in which Roald Amundsen tried and succeeded to reach the North Pole in 1926. He could not enjoy his winner […]
The research vessel “Helmer Hanssen” from the University of Tromsø is in Ny-Ålesund at the moment, doing marine biological research in the fjord. A nice extra spot of light in the harbour and on the water in those dark winter months.
Last weekend, the moon set. It sank behind the horizon in its red glory and will be back in around 1,5 weeks from now. Since the moon is gone, we have been lucky with plenty of auroras. Full days long, auroras were visible. During daytime on Svalbard, auroras are often […]
Last Tuesday, a fresh pack of 60 cm of snow reached town. Today’s temperatures reached -18°C. Winter has come and is not leaving for the next few months. 60 cm of fresh snow sounds fun and is fun, but is also a lot of work. Roads need to be cleaned, […]
Last week Tuesday and Wednesday were two stormy days. Just going out for dinner felt like an expedition. In the darkness, with snow blowing in the face, barely seeing anything. Your hands getting cold after two seconds without gloves. Driving a car suddenly became quite challenging too. Although it is […]
7 adult guys with a silly car playing with a big balloon in the Arctic. Arctic science on its best. And that’s what I love about Ny-Alesund: the randomness and weirdness of the activities going on here. All for the science. 😎 A more serious note: This balloon called Beluga […]