Our next and final site was Polhem, built under the leadership of the Swedish scientist-explorer AE Nordensköld in 1872.
Our final day at the Sorgfjorden station site17 July 2017 | Dag Avango, Lize-Marie van der Watt, Camilla Winqvist
This Monday was our final day at the Sorgfjorden station site and therefore a day to finish up with all remaining documentation tasks there.
Working extra hard16 July 2017 | Dag Avango, Camilla Winqvist, Lize-Marie van der Watt
Finally, the sun popped out and the Saturday turned into one of the best days of the entire expedition in terms of weather.
Deteriorating weather conditions14 July 2017 | Dag Avango, Lize-Marie van der Watt, Camilla Winqvist
Our first full workday consisted of us working in three teams – one team doing qualitative descriptions of the features, and one team doing measurements with a total station and photo descriptions.
Our first research task11 July 2017 | Dag Avango, Lize-Marie van der Watt, Camilla Winqvist
In the morning hours it was time for our first research task – to survey a site called Bjørnhamna, consisting of a former claim- and hunters hut on a cape at the northwestern corner of Spitsbergen.
Challenging ice conditions10 July 2017 | Dag Avango, Lize-Marie van der Watt, Camilla Winqvist
Most of the expedition team arrived in Longyearbyen on Saturday 8 July and met for dinner. Our discussion over the dinner table was not the most encouraging talk to have at the beginning of an expedition.