These Photos Will Make You Want to Go to Svalbard

I really don’t know if they will, given my photography skills are equivalent to that of a five year old’s.  BUT- I do know that I had some of the best scenery to work with on the planet.  And despite these photos all being taken from a boat ride that I was livid about (you can read more about it here)… they still make me desire to go back to Svalbard one of these days.

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Cracked ice in the Billefjorden, which is where the abandoned Russian mining town of Pyramiden is situated.  We were here looking to pick up some cross-country skiers and had to break the ice with the boat to get a bit closer to them to bring them on board.

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I was so pissed that we couldn’t get to Pyramiden by this point that nothing could have gotten me out of the boat.  And then I saw dogs.

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Pyramiden in the distance and the ski team with sled dogs.

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From a distance you could see seals hanging out on the ice.  Polar bears eat seals.  I was hoping to see a polar bear lingering around somewhere hungry, but no such luck.  Sorry seal for wishing you such poor fate.

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The Nordenskiöld Glacier- one of the main sights we got to see on the boat ride.  Would have been cooler to be up close and personal with it, but I’ll take what I can get.  Knowing how clumsy I am, I don’t think a glacier tour would have been a viable option anyways.

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Another adventurer we picked up during the day.  I am pretty sure our expensive boat trip was basically just a transportation mode for everyone who went out into the wild themselves.  Next time I am going to be one of those people if it gets me off the damn boat .

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If anyone is wondering about my snazzy shades here, my other ones had broken, and I picked them up at the Svalbardbutikken for around $10.  Pretty sure I ditched them after I saw what they looked like in this photo because I no longer own them.

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…And the snow-covered hills looked like ice cream.  Which would have been better than the whale we were set to consume on this boat trip.

One of these days I hope to make it back to Svalbard and get some photos on land, rather than from just aboard the boat.  But until then, I will let these serve as inspiration to myself, and others, of why I need to get back there immediately!

Hope you enjoyed!

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Mission accomplished! I do want to go to Svalbaard now!:)

Renate @ Renate's Travels

Amazing! I’m kind of embarrassed that I haven’t been there yet, being Norwegian and all… I really want to go!

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