View Full Version : Interesting choice for vacation - Svalbard/Spitsbergen in January

01-03-2017, 08:26 AM
A friend will be in Svalbard for ten days at the end of January midst polar night.

Population: 2700
Polar Bears: 3500

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Duncan Gibbs
01-03-2017, 08:32 AM
That looks both beautiful and intense!

Happy new year Stefan! :)

If I may be so bold as to enquire what your friend will be doing for ten days in the middle of an arctic winter?

01-03-2017, 08:36 AM
Happy new year Duncan!

I will see him today and ask him. I am interested too.

01-03-2017, 08:37 AM
The daughter's new beau is up in Nunavut for about a month just now - flew there on Boxing Day. He's a physician, and is taking a short contract to provide cover-off to one of their permanent folks.

Today they get their first full-on sunrise since early December. On Friday, when they should have something like 2 hours with the sun clear of the horizon, there's something of a festival planned. It helps one understand why the Norse gods took their drinking so seriously.

Keith Wilson
01-03-2017, 08:38 AM
Oy, 79 degrees north!

01-03-2017, 08:44 AM
Yeah. I thought the dark season was hard to take when I lived in Edmonton. There would be weeks on end where I'd go to work in the dark, come home in the dark, and never see the sun except through a window. It's a relief to be living this much further South. I couldn't hack it in an Arctic winter.

Though I would truly miss Winter, were I to move somewhere it didn't happen at all. Walking to work this morning, there was hoar frost a quarter of an inch long on all the twigs of all the trees arching over Fredericton's streets. The sun shining through them made it like I was walking under a high vaulted ceiling of lace.

01-03-2017, 08:53 AM
Population: 2700
Polar Bears: 3500


Couple of thoughts :

Have a wonderful time.
The bear looks well-fed - is that why the human population is so low?
Thinking of building a one-sheet or two-sheet ice boat?

Paul Pless
01-03-2017, 08:58 AM
I wonder if Oyvind is still in Longyearbyen.

Ian McColgin
01-03-2017, 09:29 AM
I did a bit of ski-touring in the far north of Sweeden - not quite 24 hours dark but the brief twilight was pretty dark. I suffered from a psychosomatic condition known as "Lapp Sick" - basically the result of not seeing the sun. It was like residual seasickness - nausea/malaise. There's a reason vodka's the polar drink.