I’ve been fortunate enough to visit on several occasions, and the beauty of its unpredictable and unknown landscapes only intensifies each time. This time I come in March, on assignment on behalf of the Norvegian Tourist Board. The temperature is low (-20 degrees Celsius), so is the sun on the horizon.
We leave Longyearbyen and drive across the Advent valley on a snowmobile. There are no roads, we follow the instructions of our guide to stay in a line. I keep looking around, astonished by the sheer beauty and vastness of the landscapes.
We stop by Fredheim beach. I have a mix feeling of fear and contentment, this is bear land, and we need to be alert! It is here that I feel inspired by the ever changing landscape; ice pancakes float around, constantly reshaping the scenery. I look for patterns, texture and colours.
As night falls, there’s only one more thing I am hoping to see. After a few hours, standing in the cold of a polar night, finally I see a faded light appearing in the sky. As my eyes adjust to the dark, the Northern Lights appear more and more intense.
We camp for the night, inside the safety of a “bear proof” fence around the tents. If touched, it would trigger fireworks that supposedly will scare off unwanted visitors. The only one to trigger it is our host, by accident. I look at the sky. The appearance of the Milky Way completes my wish list for the day. I take a few more images before I retire into the warmth of my tent.