I recently watched a couple of videos from Svalbard. Things didn’t go according to plan for photographer Thomas Heaton because of the warmer than expected conditions there:
It’s been documented by the Washington Post as well.
The international director of the Norwegian Polar Institute, Kim Holmen, who lives in Longyearbyen, says of climate change here, “This town is certainly the place where it’s happening first and fastest and even the most.”
Holmen notes that Svalbard used to be where students came to observe Arctic conditions. Now it is the place they come to study a climate in transition.
That’s it, Kim. Always look for the positives.
observing Arctic conditions studying a climate in transition isn’t the only thing to do in Svalbard, as I found out by googling Things to do in Svalbard.
Pyramiden looks like the place to be, not just offering mining and (possibly still?) glacier, but also polar bear and bear.
Ursines. One never can get enough.
And can we just take a moment to acknowledge the names of settlements in Svalbard? Svalbard is great.
“The Longyear Town“, “Ice Fjord“, “The Pyramid” and er… “New Ålesund” (less impressive, let’s be fair) in that foursome above alone.
Many beagle-eyed readers will likely see this post as a thinly veiled attempt to get some readers in from the wonderful island of SVALBARD – one of the few places on earth from which 6000 miles… hasn’t been accessed. Maybe it is.
If you’re reading this, Kim Holmen, please give us a shout.