Have you ever wondered how Camping would be in the Arctic?


Where is this photo from? Svalbard 

1-Svalbard kart

When is this photo from? May 2005


(Camping in the Arctic definatly require learning some survival skills)

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34 thoughts on “Arctic Camping

  1. the name of that town reminds me of a movie of the ice bears, Golden Compass, a world of ice and snow and fight for survival against evil forces. One day i hope to walk in a place such as this and feel snow for myself. thank you for this beautiful shot.

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    1. Good catch! That movie is actually, in part, filmed at Svalbard 🙂 Let me know if you are going to Svalbard, I’d want to join you and be your personal guide (I lived there for 8 years)

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      1. really?! wow! thats super super cool! I plan to and am saving for that trip of a lifetime, my dear i will surely take you up on your offer because it would be amazing to meet you in person! i thought it sounded familiar, i memorise a lot of things connected with snow!


  2. That is pretty freaking amazing! I don’t know if I have what it takes for camping in that kind of cold! I would like to visit a place that far north. This is where you lived for 8 years? How did you manange in the dark long winters – no sun, right?

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    1. It’s all in the head, really. This is not a place you choose to live in unless you really want to, thus all of us who have made that choise might not be right in the head… It is a small town, and despite our diffrences, we all have ONE thing in common: our love for the Arctic. That one little thing is very powerful, and brings us close to eachother. What I am trying to say is that it is a very sociable town, and during the dark season (2 months of COMPLETE darkness, when the sun is 6 degrees or more below the surface so the sunrays does not reach at all) it is the most sociable of all. That is when we visit with eachother. As soon as the “blue light” appears, it is time to dig up the smowmobiles and everybody goes out of town every chanse they get 🙂 I loved the dark season, or polar night as we call it – and remember there is light on the snowmobles *giggles*

      Thanks for commenting! You reminded me that I wanted to look up something for your Spanish flu-research. I’ll head over and post there right away (well after I have found what I wanted to share with you)

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  3. Is wind a huge factor in camp set-up? I know even in temperate zones wind can be horrible to deal with when getting the tent up and the material want to billow out and snap the stakes. Do you carry extra fasteners?

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    1. Oh yes, the elements are a huge factor of setting up camp. Not just the wind (yes bardunes is smart to carry), but also snowdrift. The conditions change fast up there, and it takes quite a bit of knowledge of when, where and how to camp. And then you have the polar bears, who view the tents as goodie-bags. I would not recommend tenting without a guide, as that is how people get killed. To those who insists on tenting – take turns and sit polar bear watch, with a rifle (nothing less than a 30-06 or 308 caliber) Much safer, and way more comfortable to go for the cabins.

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  4. Being from hot and dry Australia, I can’t imagine such a place. 8 years! you must love it. (Of course its getting bit cold here in Victoria now, 13°C 😉 )

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      1. Oh I agree, as long as I can find shelter from the wind, that is the pemperature I will start to undress and work on my sunburn (I’m Norwegian, I dont tan – I burn)

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    1. It is very common to go for overnights in old cabins and hunter lodges. They also do organized tourist trips to cabins – and the cabin that is being moved here is exactly that – a tourist cabin that is being placed out for the season.

      Also not uncommon to go tenting – but then you have to take turns sitting polar bear guard all night.

      I’m to glam to go tenting, but we used to drive around on snowmobles and sleep over in cabins all the time – we even bought our own cabin up there. Loved it.


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