The people of Svalbard: Lea

Lea Steinhovden, guide on Svalbard

photo by Sandra



Mountains see everything

Mountains see everything

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

The only two guests, Pyramiden


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

The people of Svalbard: Alexy, dentist

The people of Svalbard: Alexy, dentist (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

The People of Svalbard: Yasha

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)yasha