Wednesday, July 20, 2022

So long, Scandinavia

 Our last activity on our last day on Svalbard, which was our last Scandinavian destination, was a tour of Mine 3. This layer of coal (its origin: an ancient forest blanketing this area, compressed with time and pressure into its carbon basics) is the reason Svalbard was first settled by humans in the early 1900’s. Such an interesting way to wrap up our (too-short) time in this singular, beautiful place.

Tonight we fly back to Oslo, and tomorrow, on to the States. I have no idea when and where my next travel/contract adventure will be, but whenever it happens I’ll see you here!

Tuesday, July 19, 2022


 An AMAZING day hike, one to remember!

Monday, July 18, 2022

Walruses on the shore…

 …walruses in the surf!

“You picked the windiest day of the whole summer for this trip, but we will try, I don’t know…” said our boat pilot when picking us up this morning. 

After capturing some photos and watching a few of these big boys roll themselves off the shore into the waves to root around for a mussel snack, I definitely barfed from bobbing around in the water. The trip home against a headwind wasn’t pretty either. 

Totally worth it. 

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Billefjord to Nordenskiöld glacier

 Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow!

We also toured the mostly abandoned, former Russian mining town in Pyramidan. This place is wild!

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Made it to Longyearbyen!

 The last stop on this epic Scandinavian adventure is the Arctic islands wonderland of Svalbard. Today we were just in town. We’re excited to get out into nature on some activities but for now it was nice to get a sense of Longyearbyen, the world’s northernmost settlement that has an airport with scheduled public flights. We’re slightly further north here (78 degrees and change) than McMurdo is south, which boggles me a little.