It’s pretty much summer now. At least in most of Finland. The snow has melted away, the winter kit is serviced and packed away and plans for summer adventures are being finalized. But let’s go back a couple of months and return again to the winter wonderland of the high Arctic…
In April I was guiding a three-week Ankarat avotunturit ski expedition to Svalbard. When the starting date drew closer, for some weird reason, I was more excited about the Vatnajökull crossing waiting in May, thinking it would be more interesting than Svalbard. I was wrong. So wrong.
Three weeks is a long time and there is too much to write about in detail but I think the photos do justice for the tour, to the time and place where we were.
We where there…
…sweating our way up the hills.
…skiing through the remote valleys.
…crossing the wast glaciers.
…waking up to the gorgeous mornings.
…climbing up to the jagged peaks.
…and skiing back down.
…finding our way to the cold shores.
We where there…
…for the scenery.
…for the wildlife.
…for the sweet little surprises along the way.
…for the good life.
To make memories that define us.
I’d like to thank the great group I had privileged to guide. And the weather gods. And who ever sold his/her soul to keep them happy and favourable. Sorry for the soul, but it was well worth it.
Weeks like those, in wilderness like that, leave their mark. They change us. They define us. They leave a longing for more.
And so, I will return to those cold shores and jagged peaks.
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As usual, more selected photos in my gallery.
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And a little technical side note:
Due to hassle and serious sleep deprivation on departure, I accidentally packed my spare camera batteries to my checked luggage and as li-on batteries they were confiscated by the airport security. I noticed this way too late in Longyearbyen and didn’t have a chance to get any spares and thus had to survive with the single battery in my EOS 6D. I turned off the screen, the image stabilization, etc. and put the camera on only momentarily to take pictures trying to conserve power as much as was reasonable. I was amazed by the performance.
I took 1178 pictures with my camera (EOS 6D with 24-105 4 L IS lens)! And in the end the battery even had a tiny bit of juice left despite the camera warning of low battery level for the last three days. I was pretty damn impressed. But the next time, I will take spare batteries. And pack them to the carry-on luggage.