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Land of the midnight sun

Our group arrived in Longyearbyen, Norway on the island of Spitsbergen today. -4 Celsius with a fresh skiff of snow on the ground. No wind. The most striking aspect of our brief stay here thus far is that everything is white…that and the fact that there’s daylight for the vast majority of the day. I snapped this photo at midnight:

Midnight light in Longyearbyen, Norway. The northernmost town on the planet.

We had dinner where we are staying at the Radisson. We were all floored by the amazing selection of local seafood and meat on the menu. The starter was a taste of smoked reindeer heart with a creamy celery puree followed by minke whale carpaccio (very tender) and a sampler plate of dried seal, reindeer tartar, and Svalbard grouse tartine  (all caught locally). A taster of dungeness crab soup  finished out the starters. Our entrees ranged from lasagne to fillet of minke whale to poached arctic char.

Local seal, reindeer and grouse.

Our dinner was a wonderful surprise to start our journey, particularly when considering our location on the globe: 75 degrees north latitude…way inside the arctic circle. Once we get out into the elements, things will certainly take a more primal turn on the food front…especially since Eric packed enough dried beef and deer jerky for an army platoon.

Bruce, Hamish and Eric cracking up about how much jerkey weve got...

I still can’t believe how bright it is outside. Right now, it is nearly 1:30 AM and it looks like it could be mid afternoon on a cloudy day. This could take some getting used to…

  1. rona Dougall
    April 17, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Will be following your exploits! Love to my big bruv, Hamish. Rona

  2. April 17, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    Have a great adventure!

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