Monday, 28 December 2009
for many years the icelandic krona was stable between 9 and 12 krone but from the beginning of january 2008 the icelandic krona started to fall and the we got a huge fall with the bank collapse in the beginning of september 2008...
a good strengthening of the icelandic krona the first months of 2009 didn't continue and the krona fell to its lowest value!
from january 2008 the DKK and NOK krone have increased around 100%, causing foreign loans, food, supplies, goods, inflation and debths to sky rocket for the icelandic population...
Today my Anna arrived in oslo, it is -14 degrees and lots of snow;0)
Saturday, 26 December 2009
Monday, 21 December 2009
Anna will join us on the 28th of December and stay until the 10th of January, while I will stay until the 16th of January, due to a Geological conference in Oslo (11th-13th).
it looks like i didn't have the svine flue, just an ordinary flue but anyway the tamiflu beat that down very well so i fell 80% now;0)
i wish you all a merry Christmas
Thursday, 17 December 2009
i got back to reykjavik on sunday and anna picked me up at the airport, ever since i have been in school trying to do something about my master thesis, but it has ups and downs, mostly ups i would say;0)
i passed 6200 words and 19 pages, but probably there has to be thrown something away and added something, but its a fairly well start i would say.
yeasterday i got accepted at a glaciology course in svalbard, but its a bit uncertain if i will go. i mean it would be another great course and adventure, but if i have to finsih master in the end of may, 5 weeks in svalbard might not be the best idea....
yeasterday i got a cold, so i don´t hope its the svine flue, i don´t really have time for that now, it could be difficult to write...
tomorrow i´m getting the svine flue vaccine but it might be to late. i was supposed to get it 3 weeks ago but iceland ran out of vaccines, bad luck i say..
Friday, 11 December 2009
Friday, 4 December 2009
at the glacier the weather was fairly good and we had a good day of climbing and learning a lot. as darkness crept in on us we walked down the glacier and drove back to town. i put some more pictures out there!
it was the first time i went up on my glacier, it was very good to see everything from above. i checked a gps position from this summer when i was doing field work and on the actual place the glacier retreated almost 30 meters.
the glacviers has also been measured in the end of november shoving a retreat of 47 meters, which isn´t a lot compared to the 134 meters last year. mayby the climate is shiting again, from warmer to colder...;0)
Friday, 27 November 2009
i have to finish this by christmas, aswell as most of my figures and the 1st chapter of the thesis...
so i guess i will be busy in school;0)
weather has been excellent since i came back from greenland, 3 days of rain and the rest of the time beautifull cool weather. today it¨s minus 3 and snowing...
have a nice week-end
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Sunday we went to IKEA and spent some money on shelves, nighttables, drapes and a shoe-rack and the back home to prepare for a small birthday for anna and her sister! after the guests had left we put all the ikea things together so now the appartment looks more like home and no more books all over the floor.
yeasterday i managed to get an appointment for the Swineflue vaccine, Dec.2 hrs 0900. hope i don't catch it before then;0)
my brother, his wife, little baby Ella and four of their friends are coming tomorrow, so there will be a lot of people arpound us for some days. tomorrow we have to pick them up in Keflavik and then go to the Blue Lagoon, which noone here in Iceland can afford anymore, since they increased the prices by several hundreds of percent...
Friday, 13 November 2009
after some long days in school, haning over my school-books and my lap-top i made it to the week-end ;0). i wrote a couple of pages on my master thesis and feel that i have got a good start off. by christmas i have to finish my first chapter for some review and finsih all my maps, figures and sketches. i really hope i will stick to my plan, so i want get stressed up in the end...
if the weather is good tomorrow we will drive towards thorsadalur, a couple of hours away and check out a natural hot pot with some friends and have coffee and cake in a cottage...
Sunday, 8 November 2009
on friday anna and i went to a 50 year birthday party, which lasted to the early morning. saturday we slept for a long time to catch up with the lack of sleep. the we went to the swimming-pool and then we got picked up by Annas sister and had dinner with her in her hometown Hafnarfjørdur, before going to a 30 year birthday wich also lasted to the early morning. this time we didn't have to take a taxi home, as Annas car was finished at the mechanic:0)
today we did some school work, anna a lot more than me. then we walked to the swimmin-pool at Seltjarnarnes (20 min each way) and swam 40 laps before being half asleep in the hot pots for an hour or so. then we went to an electronic store to buy me an icelandic keyboard for my computer so i can try to write some icelandic;
the weather has been crazy all day with lots of rain and wind. therefore we had some indean food and saw a movie in the cinema...
Monday, 2 November 2009
we had a good conference with many presentations, long days and bad weather. yeasterday was the only day with good weather. we got some really good food in Høfn (lobster tails etc) had some beer and went to a local party and also a party at the hotel. luckily we didn't get beaten up by the local fishermen....
i put more photos on "my pictures"
Thursday, 29 October 2009
the first day at the conference was lond, we had time for a hot dog and a coke on the gas station on our way from the hotel to the conference center.
the flight to høfn was ok, but we didn't see anything thanks to fog and rain. thank you for good icelandic pilots:0)
the brakes was only after almost 2 hours of sessions with all kinds of presentations, some more interesting than others. but i guesss it's all a part of it.
then we had a icebreaker meating ( read beer and wine) and then we all went to the soem local places in town to have some dinner, we couldn't go to the same place as we where 65 people ( høfn isn't that big)...
now i'm off for some sleep and then i will hang up my poster tomorrow and listen to many hours of presentations...
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
i managed to finish my poster and yeasterday i picked it up at a printing office in town, so now i'm ready for my conference in Høfn in Hornafirdi, eastern Iceland.
we will leave tomorrow on a small plane and then i will be back in Reykjavik on Sunday, after 12 hours in a bus with excursions on the way. this looks like a promising and fun conference, with more than 65 participants from all over the country and the scandinavian countries.
this night i had a very good fish soup at my supervisors home together with some of his phd-students:0)
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
now it's back to normal day with school and city life...
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
right now I'm waiting for a Challenger (jet) from the airforce to take me to Reykjavik.
then it's back to regular life in the town;0)
I had a great time in Greenland as always, but it will also be great to see Anna again, my family, shops and fresh groceries and stores:0)
Friday, 11 September 2009
Saturday, 5 September 2009
finally SKYR is being produced in Norway, but why did they have to make so strange flavours??? stick to the original ;0)
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
i got up at 0600 in hafnarfjørdur at annas house ( my girlfriend) and she drove me to the airport.
i will update my other blog www.bjarki-sirius.blogspot.com from time to time with pictures and text
Tuesday, 11 August 2009
everybody lets my Iceland down
except Eva Joly. i like her!
Saturday, 8 August 2009
no we are writing a huge article from the work we did. it's a group work so that we can benefit from each other and the different experiences we may have achieved during our life time...
Tuesday, 4 August 2009
Saturday, 25 July 2009
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
yeasterday i walked down to school and town, meeting people i havn't seen for a long time everywhere, and fixing all the administrative things, like getting bed linnens, key cards and password for the internet...
after expensive shopping and a huge lunch i went back home, all alone in the barack ( people will show up soon) and did some reading.
Sunday, 19 July 2009
i'm going to take a field course in quaternary geology together with 12 other students. the course will start on the 23 with shooting and zodiac boat...
then we are off for 8-9 days of sailing in the fjords, going on land every day and digging and describing what we see. it all ends with a huge report...
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
Monday, 13 July 2009
Monday, 29 June 2009
tomorrow morning i'm going home to norway, to see what family and friends are up to. i also have to prepare a presentation for my svalbard course later on in the month...
have a nice summer
Friday, 26 June 2009
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
This is from seltjarnarnes, +11 degrees, calm weather and great ice-cream. these videos are made with time-lapse, meaning a lot of pictures taken over some time...
I allso put some pictures on "my pictures"
Monday, 22 June 2009
Saturday, 20 June 2009
today i'm watching the great view from hafnarfjørdur, in annas parents house, while she is babysitting her sisters son...
Thursday, 18 June 2009
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Saturday, 13 June 2009
the glacier seen from the main road
tomorro morning (sunday) i will begin the last week of my field work, we will end the work on tuesday and then i have to start writing the story of my life...
Sunday, 7 June 2009
During my last weeks stay at my field area i managed to have some really good weather and made these pictures. it will be fun to take the same pictures in some years and see how much the glacier has melted in that time.
Monday, 25 May 2009
with me i have 2 field assistents ( they were also on the course), so we basically do alot of digging in sand and gravel, which is not at all easy and then we draw a log ( showing all the different layers and structures of the sediments ( ground).
we haven't had any rain except during the night (when we don't work) which is quite un-normal for southern iceland ( highets precipitation in the country) so i'm quite happy. i hope this continues for the last 3 weeks of field work. the week-ends we spend in Reykjavik, then you don't get to tired of the field work.
we stay in a little summer house i rented at Asolfsskali, 16 min drive from the field area, it's quite spaceous and even has a barbeque and a hot-tub ( great after a day of digging).
today it even snowed and hailed, but everything is better than rain!!!
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
on wednesday i will stay in field working for my master thesis for the next 4 weeks, though i spend my weekends in Reykjavik and i have rented a small cottage with a barbeque and a hot pot...
My thesis is divided into 3 parts: 1: 1995 - present, 2: Little Ice Age ( 1400-1900), 3: the old stuff ( older than 1400, which could be 5000-10 000 yr)
"glacial history and fluctuations of Solheimajøkull and landforms"
Monday, 11 May 2009
after meeting my uncle Boi at the main street i got a hair cut ( i needed it after my time in svalbard) , went to the store where everything was a lot cheaper than in Svalbard and ended my day with sitting in the hot pot and relaxing.
no i will make myselves a nice meal with icelandic lamb, the best there is;0)
isn't this life??
Sunday, 10 May 2009
i will leave tomorrow morning for Iceland and will spend the next 5 weeks doing field work, whereafter the year following will be spent writing my master thesis... exciting;0)
Thursday, 7 May 2009
after the Excursion to Reindalen we went on a two day field work trip with scooters to Kapp Linne and Isfjord radio. the weather was great and so was the trip, even though we had to do quite some work. Field work is great so it doesn't do that much!
when i came back from kapp Linne anna went with our friend Lilja and one of here friends to a cottage at Skansebukta in Billefjorden, stayed one night, saw a polar bear and went to the abbandonned settlement of Pyramiden (russian) and back. in the mean time i was running the Svalbard ski marathon (42 km), it was quite hard but a nice trip...
then the fun with excursions was over and more lectures in school while anna was doing here research interviews all over town!
we had to make a major report over all our field work and present it on monday. this left us with one day for reading to the exam which we had on wednesday, but i think it went ok.
today i sat in a meeting with the logistics people at UNIS and after saying bye to some friends at Kroa over pizza and beer, Anna and me are no ready to jump on the 0440 plane to Oslo and spend the weekend there.
the weather and snow and ice conditions have never been so good ever in my past years here, so it has all been great.
just need to show Anna more of Svalbard.
by the way this was my UNIS course number 10...
Saturday, 18 April 2009
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
friday and sunday was great and cold weather while saturday was above freezing with snow and wind.
now it's back to school with lectures and excursions. i love excursions!!!
Wednesday, 8 April 2009
we arrived at the top after 1 h 30 min, had a rest and drank some tea and had some tom and jerry biscuits while enjoying the scenery over Longyearbyen and the surrounding mountains.
the trip down took 45 min.
after a warming shower the italian girls made bruchetta and spagetti with pesto and then we had some waffles which Gemma from Holland had made. mmm perfect evening!
new pictures out there...
while i have started with school, anna has been going around interviewing some people here in town, for her master thesis.
on saturday the easter hollidays started. the weather was good until monday when it changed to snow and windy conditions.
monday we rented some snow scooters and went to Tempelfjorden to look at the glacier and the frozen ship in the ice (used as a hotel) and looked for some polar bears, but we only saw the tracks... it was a very cold day, -28 so some of the members of the trip ( 11 of us) were a bit cold, but the weather was so nice and clear!
shopping in svalbard is for the rich people. it's so expensive in the shops that you always pay 500-900 kr and don't come home with anything... 1 litre of milk is 25,9 kr!
no i'm baking a bread and then i'm off to the store before it closes. the walk to town is 3 km and takes app. 30 min.
ps put some pictures on the blog
Monday, 30 March 2009
then the bad weather started and it was snowing and blowing most of the time. the road down to school is 30 min walk , each way, so at least you wake uop on your way to school ;0)
yeasterday my barack started to fill up with students in my course and the weather turned out perfect. we found a rifle and 4 girls and me put our skis on and walked uop to the top of the Longyearbreen glacier. that took 2 h 10 min and then we had a good down hill back home. i was the only one without skins on my skis and was also on normal skis, not mountain/telemark skis. do you think i will do that again...No. hehe there was a layer of 30-40 cm of powder snow every where and around a 1000 snowscooters passing us on the way.
today we had safety course, learning how to shot, put up a tent and so on, but it's all been tried before...
tomorrow i have my last day at the safety course, driving scooter. brum brum. 2 people on the course doesn't have a drivers license so the have to be back-seaters... to bad for them.
Anna is also arriving so it will be fun to show her everything and see how she copes with the cold;0)
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
Monday, 16 March 2009
Saturday, 28 February 2009
Thursday, 26 February 2009
Tuesday, 24 February 2009
this is from my trip with good friends to Goddalur in northwestern iceland. we stayed in a very nice cabine belonging to Palli and his family. it's in a deserted valley and the only way to get there is by super-jeep, at least in the winter time. we were 7 people, my uncle Silli, my girlfriend Anna, Palli our good friend of the family and 3 of his friends from Denmark.
the whole valley i geothermal, meaning there is a lot of natural hot water. this is connected to the house so there is around 30 degrees all year round. the water circulates the heating system and the continues out the pipes into the sink. i think they have the only toilet in iceland with warm water, keeping your behind warm. i would have liked to have that in Greenland!
they have their own heitapottur and the water from the springs is around +50.
the problem in the valley is cold water! we had to wait for the water to cool down or throw snow in the pool to get the right temperature...
anyway i had a great time with lovely food and great friends.
i put out pictures on my pictures.
Monday, 23 February 2009
Thursday, 19 February 2009
we had a lot of theory and some practical exercises, e.g. taking blood-pressure, how to strap a person to a stretcher and then carry him ( always the biggest guy ;0) ) around in the area, a big exercise and lots and lots of more things to learn. we even had a written exam, and i passed. hard to think since my icelandic isn't that good ;0)
i will put out some pictures later on from the course...
Friday, 13 February 2009
toady most of Iceland is in rainy weather. after 2-3 weeks of nice and cold weather i had to come to an end...
Wednesday, 11 February 2009
Monday, 9 February 2009
Sunday, 8 February 2009
Friday, 6 February 2009
Har du aldrig set en Grønlandsk sommerdag forbløde i et farveorgie af gult og rødt
bag kanten af en isbelagt storcirkel, der var din tavse verdens yderste grænse.
Har du aldrig fanget af disse vældige drivismasser hørt som en hviskende forbandelse,
når flagerne sukkede og peb, mens de drevet af en usynlig magt pressede din skude.
Har du aldrig prøvet at svælge dig mæt i duften af det fattige lands livsaligheder,
når dets blide åndepust fik kæruldens lyslokkede hoveder til at nikke.
Har du aldrig hørt den rene og stille luft blive fyldt med kåd latter og lyden af åreplasken,
når den fyldte konebåd i skumringen roede forbi.
Har du aldrig set en fjeldsø fyldes til randen af blinkende stjerner,
mens fjerne hundehyl og ekkoet af et råb fortalte, at du ikke var alene på jordens arrede ryg.
Har du aldrig prøvet at brøle dig hæs og føle dig lille og bange,
når iskantens blåhvide stålkæber i uvejret kom dig nær med skum og fråde i mundkrogene.
Har du aldrig i en frostnat siddet tænderklaprende på en hundeslæde over tyndisen,
med dit dyrebare liv i den ene hånd,
og med den anden gennem foret i din bukselomme knuget din forfrosne tissemand.
Har du aldrig jublet af glæde og lettelse, når en fare var overstået, og nymånens gyldne båd
sejlede natten i havn med nordlysenes flimrende bråd om boven.
Har du aldrig følt trang til stille at hviske: ”Kære Vorherre! Stands sol og måne og lad tiden
stå stille en stund, så jeg kan fastholde dette øjeblik; skulle forsinkelsen forstyrre for meget,
så træk blot fra i den sidste ende tiden, der tabtes på det livsløb, der blev mit”
Hvis du ikke har prøvet noget af den slags, så har du aldrig oplevet Grønland,
som jeg har det, mens gode og lykkelige år fløj afsted som vinden.
Thursday, 5 February 2009
Tuesday, 3 February 2009
it was cold ad crisp weather but only little northern ligth, due to the moon.
today it was actually - 12 here... no wonder i was a bit cold...