lørdag 30. juni 2012

Sankt Hans + Fieldwork in Adventdalen

Sankt Hans aften is the big bon fire event in Norway, and the Sailing club in Longyearbyen is usually hosting the event here. I was one of the volunteers in the club, so I spent most of the evening selling hot dogs and hamburgers. Until I suddenly also became the "toastmaster" of the evening :P Even though the wether was not the best, quite a lot of people turned up. A visitting boys choir was entertaining while the huge bonfire was burning, and I think everyone had a good time :) Sun did not show up, but at least it wasn`t pouring raing ( which I`m used to from home...) Since I´m still recovering from the concussion I managed to get, I´ve got a doctors order to leave my labwork be and let my brain rest. But I´m finally getting physically better, so in the need to get outdoorsy again I have volunteered to help a friend with his fieldwork :)
We went out in Adventdalen to catch some bugs. Apparently we were very interesting to the reindeers there! And for the first time I got to see reindeercalves :D
And btw, I´ve never seen the weather up here be so interchanging! We got hailed on, rained on, sunbathed and windblown, and then the whole cycle started again! So even though it`s summer here (relatively speaking), you can see we`re still dressing in goretex and with toks/hats!
Martins work on bugs brought us up in different transects in Adventdalen, and we were slowly getting on top of the mountain next to Mine 7.
And now I`m getting to my first flower pictures (of this year). It`s so nice to see colour on the ground! I`ve really been looking forward to see them again :) With all the stone-covered mountians and muddy ground, it`s really nice to be seeing flowers around :)
(a little superhuman posing on the top of the ridge)

søndag 17. juni 2012

Summer-sampling for sea angels :D

After a lot of messages back and forth, I suddenly was told I got the chance to go sampling for some more Clione limacina :D A lot of water-sampling had been done in Adventfjorden throughout the spring, but not often was the boat big enough to bring the MIK-net (my most important tool of sampling!). So I was really happy when I suddenly got a trip on Viking Explorer to catch some more! To me, it was just great getting out again since I`m still struggling with being able to work in the lab or on a computer for an effective/significant time. But I got a little worried when a lot the parts connecting the MIK-net to the metal ring was rusty =( So hero-of-the-day; Lars (from the logistic) turned the boat upside down to find spareparts and tools, and we got the net up with all the parts needed! After a bit trawling, I caught a high amount of different animals, but not too many Clione. But at least enough to do my DNA-testing, so now I also have summer-samples! :D

Happy Birthday Benny! + celebrating summer!

As it turned out, one of my first Svalbardian friends arrived for fieldwork this summer, and as it happens to be his birthday I had to continue the tradition from 2010; Make an epic dinner for him! Me and Marie tried to keep it secret that she would come to surprise him on his birthday, but that completely failed... And since more friends happened to be here at the same time, we had a great evening! Awesome dinner (if I may say so myself), delicous deserts, and fantastic company; what mroe can you wish for when you get older! Now that people are leaving this island for real, most people is trying to enjoy the last days as much as possible. At the same time, we need to celebrate that summer is here! So to give Øyunn a nice good-bye, we had champagne and strawberries (fresh ones! Actually tasting great!) :D

Hitchiking a flight to Svea!

So thanks to Ingrid, we managed to get a ride with the flight to Svea! Store Norske Kullkompani (the mining company) have several flights going from Longyearbyen to Svea, and sometimes students are lucky enough to get a ride :) And we have a cabin in Svea, so me, Ingrid, Jaap and Sabine packed our bags for a short trip :) When we arrived, we started hiking towards the cabin (wich lays about 4-5 km away from the airport). It didn`t take long though before someone picked us up and gave us a lift! It was really nice to be out and about, just to be somewere else after all the time I`ve been staying home recovering from the concussion. And we had such lovely weather, so it was great to get to enjoy it! In the cabin we started the for-ever lasting task of getting the cabin warm (and smoking out our lungs at the same time!). We had some problems with the gas-oven, so we ended up cooking on the oven (wich is definitly not made for cooking). Waiting for ages for the food to get done and the cabin to get warm, we ended up playing Wizard Extreme for quite a long time! At least until we had to fix some more wood for the fire. By the time it took for the food to get ready, we were so hungry we didn`t really care how it was or what it tastet (or so hungry we thought it was scrumptious anyways;) I had to be back earlier than the others, so super-early the next morning I hiked back to Svea to get a flight back. I got a ride halfway, and arrived so early at the earport that barely anyone else were present. But the runway personal were there with warm coffee, so I got time to relax and get warm before flying back (it was really windy!). Even though it was a short trip, it was totally worth it! Now I can say I actually hitchike a plane ride! :D Btw; When I got home I found a surprise in my room! My neighbours Kirsteen and Paul left this as a good-bye present! Thanks for the awesome gift! Hope to see you in Scottland! :D