We set off for Skansbukta in the afternoon and whilst having some bonding time with Nemo, encountered sailing winds. More likely, all the sails just needed to breathe some Arctic air and it was good for us to have another go at getting them up. : )
We made a landing just after 4:30pm and had about two hours to explore the old gypsum mine track and walk up and down the coast of the bay. Our last evening together was topped off with a midnight (sun) portrait session with Ashley.
Tomorrow we wake up in Longyearbyen. See you there. —Electric QT
day 7: Sunday June 21—Electric QT
We were not too far, we were not too close, but binoculars and a telescope definitely helped when I only had an iPhone with me to snap a few pics.
We spent around two hours with the polar bears. Turns out there was a cub behind mama bear that we didn't see at first.
After the whale excitement, we had some free time as we continued sailing towards Mushamna. I found Costa and Maggie in the lounge marking Antigua's route so far. Remember yesterday Snowflake said Maggie uses all sorts of materials in her work? See how many different ones you can count in her sculptures and installations. How many of these materials have you tried using before?
Model: Cloud is my favourite and next would be Staircase. I can imagine them being compressed into a tiny space, packed and then unpacked, expanding back into empty space. After seeing her work and all the rope onboard, I want to try making some art with string, rope, thread, wire...
I wonder how many more animals we will see the rest of today. I best start journalling before there are too many more to add to today's sightings.
Bye for now,
day 2: Tuesday June 16 morning—Cayber and Electric QT
Our landing this morning was on the north side of Ymerbukta next to Esmarkbreen. It was overcast as we stepped onto the deck to get ready to be taken to shore. Everyone had to make sure they had their life vests on, tall boots on, and signed out with a / next to their name so Captain Jo would know who was on land and who was onboard.
We waited until everyone was on land for Sarah to tell us where the safe zone to work was. If you've forgotten what that is, look back at our Greetings from Longyearbyen post and there is a picture of Theres showing us one possible safe zone configuration. We then went off to explore the landing area.
Costa and Electric QT went to the Global Seed Vault in the afternoon. We couldn't go in (Costa gave the door a try) but it was still interesting to see the structure and get another view of Spitsbergen.
Hello from Longyearbyen, the largest town on the largest island Spitsbergen in the archipelago known as Svalbard.
This morning, we had our Polar Bear safety briefing and logistics run through with our program coordinator Sarah and expedition leader Theres. They are AMAZING!
Tomorrow we board the Anitgua and head north. We caught a glimpse of our soon to be home on our walk back into town. It's the barquentine tall ship right in the middle. We'll be offline for two weeks...so see you end of the month!
Glad you're joining us here. I'm an artist + educator learning and creating from the amazing things encountered adventuring in Svalbard in the high Arctic and around the world.