The cruise was split into two legs, with a long weekend between the
two. The ship came into port in Longyearbyen, and
many of us stayed there for the four days. The reason for the break
was to allow the Coast Guard crew to keep to their schedule based on
three-week cruises, and to let some of the scientists go home and new
ones to come on board. It also coincided with the Pentecost holiday,
which would have required paying a lot of extra holiday pay if
everyone had had to work.
This page shows some of the people and the snowmobiles on the trip.
Many of us who stayed in Longyearbyen went for a snowmobile trip one
day we were there. Snowmobiling is the main way of getting around
outside of Longyear in winter, with people often going on weekend
trips 100s of kilometers from town. We went, with three of the Coast
Guard officers who are experienced with Svalbard travel, to the
abandoned Russian mining town of Pyramiden. The
round trip was about 200 km (120 miles). We had great weather and
made the trip with no problems, making for a great day.