A new adventure begun as we flew in over Spitsbergen and landed in Longyearbyen for the first time. At 79 degrees latitude we found ourselves almost as far north of Lyngen Alps as Lyngen is north of the European Alps!
Notes from the crew:
“Mid-night sun as we knew it (i.e. a never-ending sunset/sunrise) is just plain day-light up here. People walk around town carrying rifles (for polar bear protection). Tiny rain deers walking the streets among tourists and locals from many corners of the world. Yes it is a weird place…
All packed up, 6 persons with food and water for a week, on a 46-foot yacht, we set sail towards the west coast. During 7 days we sail via the island of Prins Karls Land, all the way up to Ny-Ålesund and back to Longyearbyen.
Steep mountains and ending glaciers plunge into the sea all along the coast. 50% of the whole island is glacier covered. Pyramids-shaped mountains pop up from the sea of ice. Wildlife i plentiful, whales, walrus, birds, and rain deer, but no polar beers in sight. And yes, it is cold!
The snow is still mostly powder, and possible lines to ski are endless!
All-in-all a very different kind of ski-trip, and an unforgettable adventure.”
/Svalbard Ski and Sail, 20 – 28 May 2017, with Tim, Nick and Wolfgang, together with skipper Michael and deckhand Tomek.
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