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…

The Spitsbergen Guesthouse

We stay in the Spitsbergen Guesthouse, one of the 3 accommodations of Spitsbergen Travel (they also own the Radisson Blu Hotel and the Spitsbergen Hotel). The Spitsbergen Guesthouse is located in Nybyen (= New Town), an old miner town just outside Longyearbyen. Nybyen was founded as a post-war settlement and offered accommodation, a Stormessa (the…

Destination: end of the world

“Ladies and gentlemen, we have to wait before the snow brigade has cleaned the runaway before we can take off”. This was the announcement the SAS-pilot made before flying us to Longyearbyen. Our flight already had been delayed due to the bad weather conditions. As we were heading to 78° North, at 1200 km of…

Meet Dirk, the northernmost penguin

We are back. Back from 78° North, back from Longyearbyen/Spitsbergen/Svalbard, back from the place “next to the North Pole”. Also known as the northernmost settlement with the northernmost post office, the northernmost church, (commercial) airport, ATM, post office … The city with more snow scooters than inhabitants. The city with polar nights and midnight suns.…

Back to life, back to re…

Back to life, back to Re…ykjavik (and reality …) On our last day, we leave the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, greet the Gerduberg row of basalt columns and head back to Reykjavik. The fastest way to go to Reykjavik is by using the Hvalfjördur Tunnel: you gain one hour (otherwise you have to go all the way around…

Discovering the Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Snaefellsnes. One of the four National Parks of Iceland. Iceland in miniature: black beaches, cliffs, volcanoes, lava fields, lava tunnels, birds, hot spots, springs, basalt columns and a glacier (the Snaefellsjökull). This at only 120 kilometers from Reykjavik. If you’re not planning to roadtrip across the whole island, you’ll have to stop at least at…