Driving a snowcat

The snow cat: a robust, heavy tank vehicle with windows. It makes a hell of a noise so you can hardly understand each other, and the comfort inside is what you can expect from the comfort in a tank. But it is designed especially for snow surfaces or soft grounds, it can resist arctic conditions…

Here comes the sun

Here comes the sun … Nobody said it better than The Beatles. The sun, so common to most of us that we never consider its presence. But imagine: several months in “total darkness”, a seemingly never-ending night, only accompanied by snow, ice and arctic winds. And then, when the sun finally appears, the time for…

Who let the dogs out?

(!new: video below!) We are at Svalbard Villmarkssenter, surrounded by lying dogs, barking dogs and excited dogs. As you can probably guess, we had booked a dogsledding tour. Another way to explore the arctic region, less noisy than snow mobiles. At least, when the dogs are running. As soon as we approach the kennels, we…

I am back

I haven’t been active on my blog these last few weeks. Shame on me because I have a lot to blog about but I did not get around to it. Most of the weekends were either fully booked (Belgium and other stuff), or the weather was too fine to stay inside and work was quite…

Ready to snow scooter!

Snow fields stretching into infinity. A white wilderness ready to be explored. Slightly daunting, but really worth it. There is no comparison. When you drive your snow mobile, you feel one with nature. Our first activity in Spitsbergen was a daytrip on a snowmobile to the East Coast. We initially booked a trip to the ship…