A short video taking a look inside the seed vault that Costa and Electric QT visited at the beginning of the expedition. Enjoy!
day 15+16: Monday June 29 and Tuesday June 30—Snowflake
We arrived in Longyearbyen Monday morning and had one and a half days in town before flying back to Oslo. Upon settling in at Guesthouse 102, explorers did laundry, returned library books, visited/revisited museums, had some alone time, wandered around town, sent last minute mail, caught up on season finales (Did winter come?), connected with Arctic friends on Instagram and FB, checked e-mail...
Remember Snowball and I went to see the eiders before we sailed? We went back to visit them and now there were ducklings galore. We also got a photo of the sled dogs for Stefano who had submitted a question about dogs in the Arctic before we had set off.
Max and I were the last ones to send mail back to our classmates. We can't wait to see them in October!
It was sad to say goodbye to our new Arctic friends/artists/explorers but our adventure doesn't end here. We'll be posting some wise words they shared with us about their journey as artists and explorers as well as our upcoming school visits.
See you again soon,
It's been over a month now since we embarked on our Arctic adventure and we'll be taking these next few weeks to retrace our journey. We arrived in Longyearbyen on June 10, three days before our fellow artist explorers were due in town, so we had some time to look around.
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.