Svalbard Ski Expedition 2017

Mar 16

In Longyearbyen

Published at 06:22
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I'm in Longyearbyen, Svalbard where the temperature has been a balmy -2C, hardly the cold and chill expected for 78 degrees north in early spring. But it's forecast to drop, just in time for our Svalbard Expedition, starting tomorrow.

The team - Lorenz, Tom, Sabine and Rebecca from Switzerland, and Brits Justine, Dean and Vicks - has arrived and today we spend the day packing and preparing, getting our sleds and equipment ready for nine days of ski trekking across the wonderful valleys, mountains, glaciers and fiords of Spitsbergen. Actually travel on the fiords may well prove to be impossible as every year the winter freeze seems to be less and less, and the iconic Tempelfjorden is open for the second year running. Adventfjorden, the fiord alongside which Longyearbyen is settled, has not frozen for more than ten years. Ultimately our trip, which begins Friday, will be dictated by ice and snow conditions, and of course the collective capability of the group.

As always I will post daily updates. We love receiving your messages (though the system does not allow us to reply to them) and you can leave comments (though we cannot read them until our return).

Enjoy, and as always, happy adventures!


  • Name: Longyearbyen
  • Elevation: 26 m
  • Latitude: 78° 132North
  • Longitude: 15° 381East


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    2017-03-17 14:07:50 says: Good Luck Eric and Co
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    2017-03-17 14:07:01 says: Good Luck Eric and Co
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    2017-03-16 20:13:47 says: Enjoy Eric, what a beautiful place to spend 9 days. We look forward to seeing you in LYR. Doug, I think we may have a drill.
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    2017-03-16 15:38:32 Doug Stoup says: Good Luck Eric! Are you heading to the Atomfjella? Do you have a drill in Longy that I can borrow? I arrive on the 31st. Hope you find some great skiing...
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    2017-03-16 11:25:22 Lyndy and Heinz says: Good luck Eric. Our thoughts will be with you. We are on St.John enjoying 80 degr. F at night 74 - perfect.
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    2017-03-16 10:12:44 Steve Jones says: Have a great time Eric & Co, thanks for the dispatches, I look forward to following your progress. Best wishes, Steve.
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    2017-03-16 09:42:10 Julie Brown says: A kiss to my dude if you cross paths with him out there! Have fun & stay safe, Eric!
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    2017-03-16 08:07:52 Eirik says: Safe tripp!

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