Glaciers and Northern Lights of Norway – Steve Eilenberg

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