Tuesday, 22 January 2013

The flu has gone and winter has come

The helicopter spotted Anne

We are both now finished with the flu, which is a very good thing. This year it took a very long time to get or the ice to come ;0)
Since my last blog entry the temperature has been quite stable around -10 degrees with an occasional increase to around 0 degrees. At work we are preparing the drilling campaign, this year 1 month earlier than last year. It is still very dark though but the blue light is coming...
Anna is still with-out a full-time job, but is quite happy with working as a substitute now and then. She has also started working in the kindergarten.
During a short scooter-trip with Anna, due to bad  weather we suddenly saw a red flare , shortly followed by several other flares and then a Super Puma helicopter, belonging to the search and rescue team passed over us. It took a while before we understood it was only an exercise. It was very interesting to see how the rescue teams work when it is winter and snow and wind being blown all over the place.

The helicopter attempting to land
Northern lights from our bed-room window ;0)

Monday, 14 January 2013

cooling down again...

For the last couple of days the temperature has been plumeting here in town. We had temperatures around -20 degrees with lows down to -23. There has been some northern light and very little wind and almost clear sky.
Tomorrow the forecast says wind, snow and increasing temperatures... this is the way it goes on Svalbard, just enjoy it while it lasts ;0)

Friday, 11 January 2013

Back on Svalbard

On Tuesday the both of us arrived in Longyearbyen again. We were delayed one night due to bad weather with rain and warm weather in Longyearbyen. Therefore SAS gave us a hotel, some food and let us spend the night in Tromsø. Thereby Anna got time for some early January shopping in Tromsø ;0)
The both of us have had the flu since the latter part of the old year, but then it almost went away and the we had a fall back a few days before leaving for Svalbard. This week I have been working, most of my colleagues are on a conference in Oslo. Finally I have started getting better and Anna as well. She has been home for most of the week enjoying life. She got a substitute work (one day) in the tourist info yesterday, so it was good for her to get out of the apartment for one day ;0)

There is more snow here now, compared to last year. The temperature has been very much up and down, from -12 to +2 degrees. There is no sign of ice in the fjords, due to warm waters in the fjords. The scientists up here say we might have the same situation as last year, meaning no sea-ice...

Enjoy your week-end friends

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

The end of one year and the beginning of another...

My parents house in Sætre, Norway
Today is the first day of a new year and also the end of last year. A lot of things have happened. We have lived the whole year in Svalbard, both working - me as a Geologist and Anna as a substitute at the tourist information. Hopefully Anna will get a full-time job in the new year.

We are both happy where we are, but it is no secret that we both wishes to return to Iceland one day...
In 2012 we got a new and bigger apartment in Longyearbyen, which meant we needed to buy a lot of furnitures, we also bought a car called "Bamsemums" even though there is only 45 km of roads ;0)

In May Anna was in Copenhagen visiting friends
In July I went to Iceland for a week to attend the clan meeting of my "Kaldalóns" family
In September I was working as a guide and lecturer on board the cruise-ship MV FRAM, from Svalbard to Iceland via Greenland, while Anna was on vacation in Iceland. After the cruise job we stayed another 10 days in Iceland.
In November we went on a "speed" tour to Northern England and Scotland, were we also got ENGAGED in a wee castle close to the Isle of Skye.
Anna spent most of December in Iceland on holidays while I was working. I spent Christmas with my family in Norway and then I spent New Years  in Iceland.
Unfortunately I managed to spend the last days of the old year and the beginning of the new year with the flu...but I am getting better ;0)

I wish all my friends far and near all the best for 2013 and hope to see most of you somewhere... :D

Christmas dinner, ducks

New Years eve in Hafnarfjörður, Iceland