Svalbard

Noorderlicht Sailor

By Amélie // Saturday 15 Sep // 21:00:46 // 3 Comments

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Yesterday was a really awesome, cool, busy day. We met up with the kids in Longyearbyen, then we went souvenir shopping, and we started on our way to Ny Alesund, where we will be performing our scientific procedures. We stopped at Trygghamna. The sea was come and sweet until morning came. The waves shifted a bit. The following day we went for a long hike on an island next to Trygghamna. We walked for 2 hours and went back to shore. While on our walk we saw a few reindeer, some live, other dead. I was surprised to see that the whole shore was covered in rocks. A little further up the mountain we saw moss and plants growing. It takes approx. 20 years for a small cover of moss to appear. Finally when we went back to the boat and we saw 1 polar bear, from a reasonable distance. When we rang the bell everyone was rushing to the deck. Too funny. But when we finally got on deck we had to go back to our rooms to get our life jackets. I never imagined in my whole that I would be starring at a polar bear. Now I’ve seen everything, a black bear, a grizzly bear and last but not least a polar bear. Amazing.

P.S. Mom I’ve finally got your present. Can’t wait till I share this whole adventure with everyone.

*Its not that cold here, but still need to dress very warm. Wish I had brought my woollen socks.*

Anyhow gtg, Joe, Franzie and I are going to work on our science projects.

Bye bye,

love Amelie

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3 Comments

  1. Kevin Lukian, Director General, Riverside School Board Sunday 16 Sep, 2007 // 15:45:48

    Hi Amelie,

    It is great to hear from you and be able to track the progress of your voyage. Everyone back home is incredibly excited about the expedition. The scenery must be amazing! Although you say it’s not cold it looks pretty cold to me! Did anyone get a photo of the polar bear? Any iceberg sightings so far?

    Take care, have fun and be careful!

    Kevin Lukian

  2. Chambly Academy Sunday 16 Sep, 2007 // 15:52:39

    Hi Amelie,
    I’ve heard of a type of worm that lives and thrives in glacier ice. I don’t know if you’ve heard of this but I’ve also heard that warmer temperatures will threaten the existance of this life-form. Can you tell me anything about this?
    Ms. Molchan

  3. Parveen Sandhu Monday 17 Sep, 2007 // 18:02:53

    heyyyy!
    how’s it going?
    ii was wondering if u can post up some new video’s about your expedition.

    thankkkkxx :)
    Parveeennn.

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