Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Bearing the load

A quick update from Longyearbyen on our journey to Austfjordneset. Over the last 2 days, we have spent about 15 hours on snowmobiles delivering the ~200 kg of food to a small trapper's hut in northern Spitsbergen, on the edge of Wijdefjorden. The journey, totalling almost 400 km, took us over varied terrain, including some broken sea ice, slopes with deep powder and a "cemetery of the icebergs".

If all goes to plan, we'll be returning to Stefan and Lene's hut in mid-May to pick up our food and re-stock for the journey to the north. Even the short visit this time (we ended up sleeping in a hut further south, where a polar bear was chewing on the scooter seats during the night) was very inspirational and I can't wait to get back to this place, this time on skis.

See you in a few months! And greetings to the polar bear that was walking around the hut when we arrived on Sunday evening. Now it's time to enjoy the good weather in Longyearbyen and do a skiing trip!

Lucas went to Barentsburg (a Russian/Ukrainian coal mine about 60 km away) today, showing his parents around the place that we'll be spending the next few months skiing across. I hope they will still allow him to join!


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