I had the day to myself. Jim had gone off on another boat trip, but I elected to stay behind today. The boat yesterday didn't agree with me, and after days of travel, hiking, and boat-tripping, I needed a day to just... be. I knew I'd probably miss out on polar bears, so I walked…
An adventure by sea to the Esmarkbreen (glacier) and settlement of Barentsburg.
How did fossils of tropical trees and plants make their way onto an artic archipelago? They didn't - it moved up north!
From the top of Platåberget, Longyearbyen looks small. In the late summer evening fog, a few lights are on, but the sun won't "set" for at least a few more hours. The bare, greenish hills and mountains close in around the village, and we can hear the ships horns and a helicopter somewhere, but the…