Boat trip!

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My dad ready to snap some photos!
Today, as for most of the other days, we had a planned excursion. Our first was a trip to the Ekmann glacier and then to the Russian area Barentsburg, with the boat "Polargirl". The weather was perfect this day, despite the 4 degrees celcius the sun was shining. So it had done all night really, because of the midnight sun. At Svalbard in the summer, it is actually more sunny at night than during the day, so u can imagine the sleep problems, as we do not have the midnight sun at home..

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.
My sister and brother relaxing in the sun at the boat
It was really cute, and kinda awesome to see one in real life, just resting after a meal, or enjoying the sun ;P
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.
At the back
I guess the pictures speak for themselves.
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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My dad ready to snap some photos!
My dad ready to snap some photos!
My sister and brother relaxing in …
My sister and brother relaxing in…
At the back
At the back
Foggy mountain
Foggy mountain
Too bad we didnt see any... 3 day…
Too bad we didn't see any... 3 da…
Arctic parrot!!
Arctic parrot!!
The seal!! it was huuuge!
The seal!! it was huuuge!
Ekmann glacier
Ekmann glacier
A block of ice has just fell off
A block of ice has just fell off
This whole in the glacier is due t…
This whole in the glacier is due …
me in front of the glacier
me in front of the glacier
Isbjørn = Polar Bear Beer
Isbjørn = Polar Bear Beer
Barentsburg - Welcome to Russia
Barentsburg - Welcome to Russia
An old Soviet symbol. It has no me…
An old Soviet symbol. It has no m…
Propaganda. Some Russian explorer …
Propaganda. Some Russian explorer…
The athletics hall
The athletics hall
Clothing factory in Barentsburg
Clothing factory in Barentsburg
This building is the cafeteria whe…
This building is the cafeteria wh…
Walking down the main street
Walking down the main street
One of the houses
One of the houses
My sister in front of Hotel Barent…
My sister in front of Hotel Baren…
Whats left of the old mining system
Whats left of the old mining system
Statue of Lenin
Statue of Lenin
This is bits of whats left of one …
This is bits of whats left of one…
More of it
More of it
Bird mountain! This is actually on…
Bird mountain! This is actually o…
Little birdies
Little birdies
View on the way back..
View on the way back..
Boat
Boat
beauuutiful!
beauuutiful!
sis and me
sis and me
glacier
glacier