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We arrived in port at 7am. Had to have the bags outside the door at 7am with a green tag to show that we weren't catching the early flight out. We had breakfast and said goodbye to a few people and then had to just hang around until it was time to leave. We were called just after 8am and went down to the wharf and collected our suitcase and stowed …
... territory,so a mix of nationalities,now you need a supporting job to live here. The many deaths over the years from the mining, caused most to be closed,but the coal is very high quality,and used in Germany for the manufacture of engine blocks for BMW.A Russian mine also operates a few miles away.An interesting place but not so scenic,except for its surrounds of high mountains and to the south ,many glacial valleys.Cold but not so very much so, we are all warmly clad...One couple ...
... of clothing, looking like a living version of the michelin man, I hopped onto the MS Expedition, the boat I'd be staying on for the next couple of weeks in search of the Polar Bears. We set sail and only minutes after leaving the docks we were surrounded by these spectacular ice glaciers, I know its cliche to say 'it took my breath away' - but it seriously did!
For the next few days we sailed through and around the glaciers, but no Polar Bears yet...I was ...
... we headed up into a valley to our right. Beyond some collapsed mine shafts, up a snowy incline, we soon arrived at todays destination, our hunting grounds at the base of another glacier. We each took turns walking our guide dog Kinda, or rather, having him walk us. He certainly came in handy on the snowy hillside, his excitability helping drag me quickly to the top.
Once at the fossil rich area, we were each issued with protective glasses and a rock hammer.
We had ...
... up the hill into the mountains and wilderness, over a glacier towards a summit known as the trolls peak. Our group included eight others including our guide, Steffan from the Canary Islands. Two girls our age from China, one living in Norway with her husband. Two elderly Norwegian ladies in their 70s and 80s and another couple our age, Nathalie from Holland and Gwen from France.
The first challenge was crossing a river. No bridge or way around. Jump, and use old planks from ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMary-Ann's Polarrigg Longyearbyen
A very eclectic hotel that sits comfortably in Longyearbyen. Very warm and friendly and worth visiting
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