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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.