🎄 [ 9 décembre ]
Encore une jolie photo du Svalbard pour terminer cette année 2019 ! Quel souvenir merveilleux que ce moment avec les chiens au milieu de ces grands espaces... ça me manque tant ! Mais où vont donc tous ces chiens ? Sont-ils en route pour aider le Père Noël à distribuer les cadeaux ?
🎁 D’ailleurs, le Père Noël est-il le seul à apporter les cadeaux ?
Hé bien non ! Il peut compter sur l’aide de ses compagnons à travers le monde : saint Nicolas, saint Martin, sainte Catherine, sainte Barbara, sainte Lucie, saint Thomas, saint André, l'Enfant Jésus lui-même dans les familles très catholiques, les Rois Mages à l’Epiphanie en Espagne, Julenisse le gnome en Norvège ou encore une vieille femme, la Befana (en Italie) et la Babiuchka (en Russie) !
>> Et vous, qui vous apporte vos cadeaux ?
𖤥 Longyearbyen, Svalbard 〰️ Norway
Jack secretly planned this trip so I had no input on our incredible itinerary. I can take no credit for the husky adventure we went on with a renowned trainer and North Pole explorer (Tommy). ⠀
The smell of dogs preceded our arrival to the yard. The air was metallic and intensely meaty. Jack said he liked it. That man has some questionable tastes. ⠀
We were given a short history of Svalbard huskies and told not to expect a pack of wolves. These huskies are small - ultra marathon runners not bodybuilders - and come in all colours, not just arctic grey. ⠀
We were shown to our two-man sled - a rickety wooden thing that made me panic, not helped by the howls that were echoing across the mountain range. ⠀
“Whatever you do,” Tommy said, “Follow my instructions.” I immediately forgot all the advice he’d given us about breaking and turning and weight placement. But we were hurtling down a steep glacier and there was no going back. The rush was amazing - but terrifying. ⠀
“Jaaaaaaack!” I cried, as we bumped so violently I lost my footing and fell into the snow. “Jaaaaaaaack!” I wailed again, when a reindeer tangled itself in the harnesses.⠀
When I fell off for the second time and let off a scream that in hindsight, could have been an avalanche risk with its hideous pitch and strength, I was swapped away from the little sled and into the fur-lined basket of Tommy’s mentee, Stein. ⠀
Stein said it was best for me to be there. “For the experience, and also to keep the dogs calm.”⠀
It was so utterly quiet as we cruised and crunched across rocky ice that the husky handlers only had to whisper instructions. The dogs were in training for the next polar expedition and on their best behaviour. ⠀
When we got back to Tommy’s house, we were able to tour the dog yard. During the snow storm last week, Tommy had to wake up every hour to move the individual husky houses above the snow - all 55 of them. ⠀
“You have to treat these animals with respect,” he said. “They are responsible for my life on an expedition, and I am responsible for theirs.”⠀
Haiiiii guys!!!! Kita mengenal kota Longyearbyen dulu yuk. Kota ini memiliki permukiman terbesar di Svalbar dan sebuah kepulauan di Norwegia. Selain itu, kota ini juga punya keunikan lainnya loh. Yuk, di geser gambarnya 😎
Arctic colors of polar nights together, a year difference and two places in one photograph. No edition, but lot of planning, traveling and living. Tromsø and Longyearbyen, both arctic cities that have become my home for the past few years.
De landschappen van Spitsbergen lijken wel uit fantasieverhalen te komen! Het bijna theatrale decor en de typische Arctische cultuur maken dit tot een bestemming die op geen enkele bucket list mag ontbreken. #northandaway#svalbard#visitsvalbard#longyearbyen
0 618 December, 2019
I’ve received so many requests to re-post my Story of the sunset captured on landing in Oslo, that I’ve decided to make an IGTV film of the most captivating moments chasing the ‘Eternal Arctic Sunset’ during my 3-hour return flight from Longyearbyen in the Arctic to Oslo.
It was amazing to see the first daylight in a week once we left the island of Svalbard in the Arctic — where the 24-hour Polar Nights last from end of Oct until mid-Feb. Then, the sun stretching low over the horizon for the duration of the flight gave a spectacle of a show — the longest sunset (perfectly pitched just above 6-degrees above the horizon) possible to catch on a flight anywhere on Earth, made even more incredible when juxtaposed against the dark Norwegian fjords below. .
I’d love to share this Moment of Mindfulness with you.