The light returns

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The solar return is approaching. In the meantime, we are enjoying the stunning blue light.

More pictures from the twilight period here.


Daytime aurora boralis

During the continuous darkness of the polar night, you can see the more rare and subdued daytime aurora on Svalbard. On this 360×180 panorama you can see a time lapse of the aurora in the sky. This was photographed at midday December 15th and you can see the little light we have in the south. (The moving aurora does not work on most mobile devices. You need a flash capable browser.)

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Pastel tones

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Lovely pastel tones on the sky over Longyearbyen and the Advenfjord today. We’ve had our last sunset of this year, the sun are below the horizon all day. This picture was taken at noon on October 28 2012.


Karls-Berger Pub

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The bar Karls-Berger Pub has Northern Europe’s largest range of Whisky and Cognac. At this pub you can choose between over 1000 liquor varieties.

Karls-Berger Pub homepage.

Article in the norwegian newspaper Dagbladet.


Svalbard Global Seed Vault

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault (Svalbard globale frøhvelv) is established in the permafrost in the mountains of Svalbard. It is designed to store duplicates of seeds from seed collections around the globe.

Read more about Svalbard Global Seed Vault here.

See more photos of the vault here.


Longyeardalen (Longyear Valley)

Longyeardalen is located between the mountains of Platåberget and Gruvefjellet. The town of Longyearbyen is located in the lower portions of the valley, which is named after the American industrialist John Munroe Longyear. The river of Longyearelva runs through the valley. At the top of the valley you will find the Longyear glacier which is about 4.5 km long.

See more photos of Longyeardalen here and from Longyearbyen here.


Gruve 6 / Mine 6

Mine 6 lies in the valley Adventdalen between Todalen and Bolterdalen.

The mine was opened in 1967 and production started in 1969. In 1981, production was suspended, without all the coal was taken out. The remaining amount of coal is estimated to be about 380 000 tonnes.

See more photos of mines here and from Adventdalen here.


Autumn in Longyearbyen

It is rare that there is no snow in the end of September. The picture was shot September 24, 2011, on the way up to Platåfjellet. Longyearbyen lay next the bay of Adventfjorden, a branch of Isfjorden.

See more photos of Longyearbyen here and from the autumn here.



On the way to Trollsteinen you need to cross the glacier Larsbreen. Larsbreen is located near Longyearbyen and is reserved for non-motorized traffic. Trollsteinen is a popular hiking destination and rises 849 meters above sea level.

See more photos of glaciers here.


Coal loader

The coal loader on Hotellneset outside Longyearbyen was used to load coal from Mine 7. In March 2011 parts of the coal loader collapsed as a result of a storm. Continue reading