Lea Steinhovden, guide on Svalbard
photo by Sandra
There were many people that climbed that mountain before without taking a riffle, without any problems.
The girls simply thought it wasn’t necessary. They reached the summit and sat there, drinking warm berry juice and looking out over Longyearbyen.
The polar bear sniffed out their trail and followed them. He ate one of them, while the other jumped in the ravine and died too.- Maureen
Haven’t seen the reindeers today. The polar fox is hiding somewhere else. The glacier water is running by in silence. I crave to see the latest episode of ‘The great Dutch bake off’, but it’s not allowed ‘because of my geographical location’.- Maureen
We’re the only guests at the hotel. We can’t go outside without a guide and riffle for protection. The same Ukrainian music over and over again. We’re eating food from Russia, brought by a helicopter once a month. When we’re done eating, they lock the dining room immediately, like nothing ever happened.- Maureen
,,I’ve never realized I would miss nature that much. I miss the woods, I miss scents, there are no scents here. It’s just rocks. It’s dead nature. I miss the living nature” (Viktor)- Maureen
,,All electronic things break. Yesterday my refrigerator broke too. Batteries go low very fast, this is my second phone. It’s an abnormal magnetic place. All the people here have a dark circle around their eyes. Because the water doesn’t contain any fluoride they have a lot of problems with their teeth. I’ve been waiting 4 months for my summer clothes to arrive.” (Alexy)- Maureen
,,When we put up camp, I sleep on the lower side. I should be the first person the polar bear meets. I always sleep with my tent open, so I can see out, knowing that you’ve done the right steps until you meet him.”(Lea)-Maureen
Yasha is actually Yakov, coming from St. Petersburg and together with Sasha guarding the island of Pyramiden this summer. He told us that traveling is just a way to run out of yourself and that everything you give to the world, comes right back at you. He lost a lot of weight on Pyramiden and was looking forward for his mother, who lives in the countryside, to stuff him with delicious home cooked food. (the hat is also knitted by her)