Posts Tagged "Longyearbyen"

Leaving for the North Pole!

In a few hours my Dad, two of my sisters, and I will leave for the polar ice cap! Our group of 10 (including 3 guides) will depart Longyearbyen to finally begin the trip to the pole. We fly out of Longyearbyen to the Barneo Research Station and then go…

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Exploring the Inside of a Glacier

Norway is famous for its fjords which cover the island we’re staying on. As you likely know these fjords are carved out by glaciers over vast amounts of time. These glaciers are constantly shifting, particularly as they thaw and freeze, which cracks the ice and forms gaps as it moves. These…

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In Search of a Polar Bear

In Longyearbyen, polar bears are both legends and mysteries. Each guide has a story about locals who have been killed and anyone leaving the town is required to carry a gun for protection. Simultaneously, there are only about two to three thousand polar bears on the island and surprisingly few…

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First Taste of 24 Hour Sunlight (Longyearbyen)

And just like that we’ve made it to the northernmost city in the world, Longyearbyen, Norway (pronounced long-year-bin). Situated on Spitsbergen, an island off the coast of Norway at the 78th parallel North, it has become the starting point for expeditions to the North Pole. Fast Facts on Longyearbyen: -There…

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