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... of land marked by the high cliffs of Alkefjellet which hosts one of the largest concentrations of nesting seabirds in Svalbard. Everyone rushes to the bow, binoculars and cameras in hand or around their necks.
At breakfast, Lucho tells us we will spend a leisurely morning looking for polar bears. A member of the staff spots one but he or she (the bear) is too far away to see much or take a photo. As a fallback we ...
... visit. Each winter is different of course, but our visit in February 2015 had lots of snow, lots of wind and little sunshine. Average temperatures were probably around or just below zero degrees celsius during the day, but dropping to -7 or -8 celsius on occasion. The wind chill sometimes made it feel like around -18.
Arrived in Lapland, Sweden safe and sound, but it was a pretty stressful journey.
The flight from Amsterdam to Stockholm had a connecting flight in Norway, and then from Stockholm I had to take an overnight train to the north. The problem was that I only had 30 minutes to change planes in Norway and the first flight was delayed so there was lots of panic to catch that flight, but luckily the second flight ended up being delayed too. The ...
... friends that Olle is a cousin too - on the Erickson side from way back in the 1400's we have a common relative. (Maybe our 22nd cousin?? :)
On Monday we stopped in Pitea, Kristin's hometown. We ate at a restaurant that serves Palt (or Pult). This is a favorite Swedish food and my mom used to make it. It is potato dumplings and soooo delicious. The palt at this restaurant ...
... turned two planks of wood into skiing as we know it today. He lived in Morgedal and later immigrated to America.
Next stop is the Stave Church in Haddal, built between 1147 and 1242 AD~~It is the largest and most impressive Stave Church in Norway and just by chance we became wedding crashers, as there a most beautiful traditional Norwegian Wedding happening!
Nutheim is next on our ...