Svalbard Travel Blog› entry 3 of 7 › view all entries
August 5th, 2008 – by: ingrid_margrete
But we went out with "Polargirl", and headed for the Ekmann glacier, which is one of more then 2000(!!!) glaciers at the island of svalbard! On the way out, we saw lots of birds, including my favourite, the Puffin. Also known as the Arctic Parrot. Arriving in frint of the glacier, we saw a giant seal just chilling at a block of ice.
As we were watching, a giant piece of the glacier was cut of and fell in the water, and this awesome turqoise color appeared. It was a nice sight of nature :)
We now continued our trip towards Barentsburg. Barentsburg is an old Russian mining city, which is the only of the Russian settlements that is still in use today. Or it is not actually in use at the moment due to an explosion in the mine this spring, which meant that they had to flood the mine to put out the fire. Since the mine is out of business at the moment many of the workers had returned to Russia, but some had stayed do do some highly needed maintenence. Because Barentsburg really is a place in need of a makeover.
But in Barentsburg we had a really nice guide who obviously knew a lot about the place. He showed us the athletics hall, the house of culture, the clothing factory where the few women in Barentsburg work, and the hotel. It is actually quite impressive that they have all those things, compared to the size of the place, and the fact that we were there in the middle of the day, and i don't think we saw more than 8 local people during our visit, including our guide!
When we left Barentsburg we went to the most productive place at Svalbard - the bird mountain. This is the place where all the birds hatch, and if you look close, there is A LOT of birds. And we could hear them pretty good from the boat as well!
After the trip of the day, we had dinner at Brasseri Nansen, a restaurant named after the Norwegian polar explorer Fridtjof Nansen. One noticable thing about Svalbard is the quality of the food at the restaurants. The food there is just excellent about everywhere you go!
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