Mary-Ann's Polarrigg

Skjaeringa, Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, 9171, Norway | Lodge
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Travel Blogs from Longyearbyen

The most magical place on the planet.

A travel blog entry by emily.gellard

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... sea ice and someone yelled out 'THERE!!!! A POLAR BEAR!!!!!!!!' We all leapt to the side of the boat scanning the landscape for this giant beast...but, no luck? Then, the 'spotter' notified us that the Polar Bear was in fact this tiny little white dot, only just visible. After we spotted the first, we then spotted another, and another, then more...eventually, we counted a total of TWENTY FIVE Polar Bears on this one ice glacier and I've never seen anything in my life look ...

Searching the Past

A travel blog entry by tofor85

45

... Klaus mine. During its function, it was lit with bright lights, and children's letters to Santa were received at the mines base. This was long ago now. It was built in the early 1900s, fit with a archaic wooden cable car system. In the second world war, apparently it was hit by a German bomb and burned for twenty years. It has laid in ruin since. Untouched, undisturbed. The climb was steep and taxing. It didn't take too long, twenty minutes later we were at its base. Nat sort ...

Glacier Hike

A travel blog entry by tofor85

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... a sealed book, awaiting signed entry of all those to reach this spot. My name is the 300th entry. From the summit there were spectacular panoramic views of the wilderness of Svalbard and glacier below. Longyearbyen could be seen in the distance. At the top we enjoyed lunch, chocolate, hot drinks and sandwiches before winds, mist and light rain set in.
The walk down was easier, but not a breeze, the steep snow incline being the most difficult to negotiate. Many, including the ...

Arctic Arrival

A travel blog entry by tofor85

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... the sun never sets here. The bus clock reads 12.35. Its wrong, but is that am or pm, its strange to consider. Around 2,000 people live here in Longyearbyen, the only major settlement on a minor continent around the size of Great Brittan. More polar bears live here than people. The islands of Svalbard and Jan Mayen are governed by Norway.
The city of Longyearbyen was founded around 1900. It is is tucked into a valley on the water, surrounded by towering mountains. ...

Northernmost town in the North

A travel blog entry by mtgirard

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... weather was relatively warm considering how far north we are, it was around 41 degrees walked all over town looking for reindeer and special birds. If you look at the landscape carefully, you will notice that it is rocky and definitely the tundra. The ship is very comfortable and we've got a routine going, including water color classes on sea days and lectures by a marine ...

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This lodge, located on Skjaeringa, Longyearbyen, is near Spanish Wells, Gaulding's Cay, Tarpum Bay, and Rock Sound.
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    3.50 of 5 stars Very Good