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Ever since I saw my dad’s Svalbard DIA-slides from the early 60’s, I’ve wanted to visit these isolated islands. Last month I flew in for a few days trip.

The place is like a bad lover. It spends your money and steals your heart. One day gives warmth and the next is ice cold. Yet, it is so beautiful, mysterious and fun  – you know you’re coming back for more.

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Only 1309km to the North Pole

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Unlike in the mainland, reindeers in Svalbard are wild.

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Pretty sure the kids have a good imagination in here. No need for man-made playgrounds.

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Pretty dogs on every corner

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Got to taste the beer line of the world’s northern most brewery. The beer is made into 2000 years old glacier melting water. Tastes fresh!

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Golden Arctic sun at 1:30am in the Longyearbyen valley

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Abandoned mines along the surrounding hills.

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The art of layering

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Minke whale

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Billefjorden

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Someone’s campsite

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Big boots to fill

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Boat lunch in front of Nordenskiöld glacier

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The King

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Polar bears are very curious and this one was no exception

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Nordenskiöld glacier

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Floating on an ancient piece of ice

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Ciao

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A smile with the tightest neoprene hood on

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These two were waiting for us

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Planning the glacier walk

 

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Trying hard to locate the polar bear

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A day on the glacier had to be cancelled but for a good reason. The risk of the bear swimming across the bay to our side was too big.

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Walking on diamonds

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The Arctic Ocean now under my belt :)

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This lodge is truly off the grid

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Alaskan husky, Bush

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The lodge has one necessity – a sauna!

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Swimming hole

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Packing and heading back to the village

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The calmest seas. In hopes of spotting a pod of Beluga whales.

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Calm life

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Had a 2km walk from bar to home at 1:30am

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Kayaking across the bay

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Mid way of the climb to Hiortfjellet

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Above the clouds

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Back at the sea

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Growing the bags under my eyes. Sleeping is not a priority on few days trip to a place like this.

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“Welcome to Russia my friend”

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The abandoned former Soviet Union village, Pyramiden.

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Our guide was one the 8 people living in the village.

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Helicopter field

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The northern most statue of Lenin

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The tour naturally ended in the bar

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Colors

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I loved to walk around Longyearbyen at night

 

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What must be the northern most skate ramp

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I wanted to steal a dog :)

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Until we meet again…

 

 

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