Svalbard

A few years ago I was lucky enough to visit a friend living in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. I had read so many articles from photographers visiting Svalbard and showing off the unique landscape, and decided that I wasn’t going to try to capture the same landscapes that I had seen so many times. Instead I wanted to look at the details in the landscape, and the things that could show what this remote society was built upon.

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This was taken right outside the centre of Longyearbyen. Longyearbyen is a small village, and you are not to move far out of the centre before you have to carry a weapon in case of polar bears.
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All around Longyearbyen you can see traces of the mining that the society was built upon. Nowadays tourism has become a more important way of income for the people living in Longyearbyen.
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The mountains around Longyearbyen have very characteristic lines running top to bottom.
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More mining stuff around Longyearbyen. Not used anymore, but kind of beautiful with its aged look.
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There’s really not many places to go by car from Longyearbyen, and the roads are “so and so”. There’s roads to the airport and to the mines and that’s about it.
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Several small cabins not far from Longyearbyen centre. My friend told me that there had been a lot of arguments over the legality of building some of the cabins, but their still standing.
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Seal meat make great food for the huskies used for mushing both as a mean of transportation for those living in Svalbard, and as a part of what is offered tourists visiting.

 

5 thoughts on “Svalbard

      1. They are! And it’s funny to think about the fact that there are more polar bears than people living on Svalbard. Still I wasn’t fortunate enough to see one, but just knowing they were all around us gave me a special feeling.

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