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Svalbard 2

By spotogspindel | April 4, 2014

In 2012, Svalbard had an estimated population of 2,642, of whom 439 were Russian and Ukrainian, 10 were Polish and 322 were other non-Norwegians living in Norwegian settlements. The largest non-Norwegian groups in Longyearbyen in 2005 were from Thailand, Sweden, Denmark, Russia, and Germany. Svalbard is among the safest places on Earth, with virtually no crime.

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Maybe since the landscape is either snow-white and light or winter-dark, all the houses are painted in bright colors. It certainly has a charm to it. Because there is perm-frost here, absolutely everything has to be above ground. Which means that all houses are built on  stilts.

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There are more cars here than I expected, (I even saw a limousine here!) but they are still outnumbered by all the snow-scooters.

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And talking of which, we went on a little evening-tour tonight with Anne´s snow scooter.

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Here she is. She´s like the coolest! Last year she took me to Israel & Palestine. This year half-way to the North-pole. What´s next I wonder?!

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Anyway. We didn´t go too far, because we didn´t bring a gun or a GPS. The gun is needed in case you meet polar-bears and need to scare them away. The GPS you need if the weather all of a sudden turns, and you can´t see a thing.

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The temperature here is much warmer than the altitude would suggest. (compared to for example Canada or Russia) The average winter temperature is between -16 to -12 °C (3 to 10 °F). In summer 4 to 6 °C (39 to 43 °F). And we´ve got plenty of clothes, so there´s no reason to freeze. But the clue is just that: dress properly with layer upon layer with wool!

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The battery in my camera on the other hand is not dressed in wool, so I had to keep it under my jacket to keep it alive, only getting it out when taking pictures.

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Yes, that´s me! On a snow-scooter! First time ever! (I like first-time-adventures)

After a good hour or so, we did start to cool down a bit and decided to warm ourselves in a café… with ice-cream! 😉

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And back home, after a nice, warm shower, it´s time for tea, talking and knitting in the sofa.

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