Glaciers and Northern Lights of Norway – Steve Eilenberg

  • Angel pattern, Northern Lights. Lofoten, Norway
  • Fishing village and bridge. Lofoten, Norway
  • Black moutian panoramic. Svalbard, Norway
  • Black sand and conical mountains. Svalbard, Norway
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  • Arctic tern feeding with wing wash. Svalbard, Norway
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  • Ragged mountains and advancing glacier. Svalbard, Norway
  • Viking ship shadow. Oslo, Norway
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  • Bulldog iceberg. Svalbard, Norway
  • Old glacier bed and red boat. Longyearbyen, Svalbard
  • Arctic tern on rock. Svalbard, Norway
  • Fjord mouth. Svalbard, Norway
  • Resting walrus with broken tusks. Svalbard, Norway
  • Northern ligths at last light with cloud
  • Broken moonrise. Svalbard, Norway
  • Northern lights with orange tent. Lofoten, Norway
  • Sailing ship Antigua. Ghost ship. Svalbard, Norway
  • Walrus in water. Svalbard, Norway
  • Mountain, surf and northern lights. Lofoten, Norway
  • Three-mast sailing ship Antigua and dingy. Svalbard, Norway
  • White artic fox running on moss. Svalbard, Norway
  • Snow dusting. Svalbard, Norway
  • Conical mountain with snow and black sand. Svalbard, Norway
  • Black mountains and glacier. Svalbard, Norway
  • White arctic fox in grasses. Svalbard, Norway
  • Snotty walrus in water. Svalbard, Norway
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  • 3am sunrise and bird. Svalbard, Norway
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  • Gentle rain at sunset. Lofoten, Norway.
  • Chinese dormatory at research station. Svalbard, Norway
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  • Steam from lounging walruses. Svalbard, Norway
  • Walrus scratching back on beach. Svalbard, Norway
  • Walruses in water with seaweed. Svalbard, Norway
  • Glacier with moraines. Svalbard, Norway
  • Arctic tern. White on black. Svalbard, Norway
  • Rainy sunset. Lofoten, Norway
  • Beach and mountains. Late light. Lofoten, Norway
  • Yellow ford. Longyearbyen coal-mining town on Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard
  • Fishing Village with clouds. Lofoten, Norway
  • Advancing glacier. Svalbard, Norway
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  • Pink sunrise with glaciers. Svalbard, Norway
  • Glacier with birds and multicolored algae. Svalbard, Norway
  • Thor with gun. Svalbard, Norway
  • Northern lights and mountain
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  • Live roof. Lofoten, Norway

Roald Amundsen took the airship “Norge” over the north pole on May 12th, 1926. While my name has the same number of letters as Roald’s, that is where our similarities end. Forgoing a “Zeppelin”, we elected to join an expedition on the sailing vessel, Antigua. We set sail from the port of a coal mining town named Longyearbyen, in Svalbard. For 10 days, we circumnavigated the northwest and northeast margins of this archipelago. Some days brought big seas and others penetrating Katabatic winds off the receding glaciers.  One day, we ventured into sea ice, north of Svalbard but sadly, found no floating polar bears.

New to us were walruses, polar bears (on land) and Arctic foxes. Years earlier, we had seen reindeer on South Georgia island and spent time amongst glaciers in Patagonia, Iceland, Antarctica, and Alaska. We will probably never be closer to our melting North Pole.

Our final week in Norway was in Lofoten, closer to Svalbard than Oslo. At this 68 degree parallel, we had a dark enough sky for Northern lights. Conditions were favorable for solar flare activity and just the right magnetic flux from Earth. Northern lights varied from subtle silvery “clouds” to full-on arcing and dancing multicolored bands. They came at us from all directions and we shot them from within the tidal zone, amidst stoned campers, boulders, and cold surf. Our flooded rubber boots held in the salt water admirably and we packed up our exhausted cameras just after midnight.

-Steve