waiting for the winter
this fellow blocks mainstreet
most housing in Longyearbyen are company owned
an areal tramway once transported the coal to Longyearbyen
Spitsbergen is Svalbard's
largest island and the only one which has permanent settlements.
is the largest
and forms the port of entry to the Svalbard archipelago.
Its local government is elected but the
governor is appointed by
The Russians have their own community at Barendsburg
and further there are a couple of smaller settlements.
mining was the number one industry, but tourism and research are picking up pace.
Polar Bears, Svalbard Reindeer and Arctic
Foxes roam freely on the islands.
Global warming scaremongers cry wolf about the imminent demise of Polar Bears, but
presently the animals are thriving
and outside the settlements rifles are mandatory as protection against
In June 2013 we visited Longyearbyen and explored its surroundings on a quad safari.
in the Isfjorden we get a first impression of the scenery that awaits us
Longyearbyen is not your typical capital
All dressed-up for the quad expedition
a dogsled on wheels?
we see the first reindeers just outside town
stocking up for the winter
the Svalbard Satelite Station on a foggy Platåberget mountain is covered in clouds
the views are spectacular
the seals are hung out to dry, out of reach of hungry polar bears