I distinctly remember waking up on the flight from Tromso to Longyearbyen with a lot of commotion.I thought for a minute there was some sort of emergency onboard,but it was the few skiers who were jumping about trying to snap as many pictures of possible of an endless alpine mountain range interwoven with huge flat glaciers.Now i was really getting excited.
Svalbard to me and many others was made famous by Jeremy Jones in the movie Further.Having already been to Antarctica,Haines,Japan and of course Chamonix where I recently moved to,I seem to continue my journey of following the great man around the planet being constantly inspired by his energy. Although this time unlike JJ I took a boat trip with Ice Axe Expeditions to explore the fjords looking for good skiing.Doug Stoup started this trip 4 years ago and they run 2 itineraries every year end of May and beginning of June – http://www.iceaxe.tv Our home for 8 days – Artica 2 – http://arcticaexpeditions.com
Within an hour of sailing out of the capital Lonyearbyen we were greeted with this sort of thing
Our first few days where socked in and snowy,it was still deep winter up here.We had no set agenda but to explore the fjords on the look out for Polar Bears and good Skiing.
Flare Guns and Rifles are mandatory safety equipment in these parts ,Johan Jonsson @jonsbert was Polar Bear ready
Up we go
First big couloir of the trip
As we sailed for better anchorage the light cleared a little to reveal a few tracks at the bottom
Walrus spotted but still on the look out for Polar Bears…
Another stormy day,another set of Couloirs
Walk the beach over a scooch anyday
Day 4 ,weather starts to clear and we head deep into a fjord in search of Polar Bears
The Glaciers here are stunning
Think we see something on the ice!!
Mother and 2 cubs sat being quite as she stalks a seal over a ice hole
With that boxed ticked and feeling super stoked to see a mother and 2 cubs we cracked on with looking for good terrain
Nothing worse then a Culchie with money! That’s right, I said Culchie (I looked it up on the internets). Anyhow, nice work Gav! This trip looked even better than Antarctica, Gnarlier lines anyhow (and less ropes too). I’m also glad for you that you chose this over Iceland with us, for it never happened (faaking non-piloting pilots). Also, nice polar bare shot. Personally, I feel one-upped.