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The Phenomenal 78° North Svalbard A.net Meet  
User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3823 posts, RR: 51
Posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4111 times:

So, we're back from the Arctic Ocean! I'm back in Germany and... it's dark outside! That is sooo scary! I haven't seen darkness for 5 days. And it's warm again. But I'm already missing the solitude of 78° North. What an unforgettable A.net meet. What a great time we had!

But let me start from the beginning. We were 4 people who dared to leave civilization for a couple of days: From left to right, me, Dan (PlymSpotter), Rune (DYFlyer) and Frederik (AirPacific747).



We all came in on a wide variety of flights, Dan had about 9 inbound flights carefully scheduled, and in the end we all met at the tiny airport of Longyearbyen, surrounded by barren tundra mountains and endless glaciers. And abandoned industrial buildings and mines.



We spent most of the time hiking around this very strange and unique place. At one point, on a 10+ hour walk, we entered an abandoned mine. Very creepy.



This is our "base camp". My tent was so small that I couldn't even sit up in it, while Frederik's tent was like a B737 hangar.



One highlight was a roundtrip flight on a Do228 to the mine Svea, which was completely free, after I told the mechanic that we're A.netters and Rune talked to somebody on the phone, and somehow we ended up on the passenger list.



Since I only had a point-and-shoot and the others had huge cameras (along with the C vs. N wars), I'm now going to leave it to the others to post pictures. Rune shot all of the rare airplanes, down to the last Soviet helicopter, Dan has the complete catalog of arctic flora, and Frederik has all of the wildlife covered (after he realized that running behind a polar fox and wildly waving with his arms is not a good way to get a decent picture).

Well, in the end we did a lot of interesting things, and didn't sleep a lot. Well, how are you going to sleep when the sun is up 24/7? Here we can see Dan, tired after a couple of nights without any sleep.



I'm sure the others will post a bunch of pics, Dan will probably add them to his web album. We'll also see some trip reports in the next days, as well as the first A.net uploads on Svalbard... that's right, there are no pictures of that place in the database yet!

Again, I'd like to thank the 3 others for the unforgettable trip we had. Without any doubt we'll do something similar next year... but to a warmer place this time!

Greetings!
Soren  santahat 


All the things you probably hate about travelling are warm reminders that I'm home
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User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8726 posts, RR: 43
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4095 times:

So you twit went even further north than I've ever been!  Wink

After you had posted that thread inviting people to the meet, I started thinking about going since LYR shares a place on my "where to go" list with KEF, but after seeing the fares and hearing the howl of the wind in the emptiness of my bank account I decided against it... good to see you had fun! Big grin



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2432 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4086 times:

Hey Søren!!! I just got back! What an AWESOME TRIP! Something that I'll never forget, just like I wont forget the russians that started blowing up buildings behind us and the coal mine we visited.

Quoting Birdwatching (Thread starter):
This is our "base camp". My tent was so small that I couldn't even sit up in it, while Frederik's tent was like a B737 hangar.



Just to put things into perspective: Svalbard is WAY higher up north than any part of Alaska. As far as I know, the northern most point in Alaska is at 71 degrees north. Longyearbyen is located at 78 degrees north.

The windchill made the place sooo friggin cold during the "night" and I was freezing every nighet except for the last night where I decided to sleep with 3 layers of clothes plus my jacket on and two layers of pants  Wink

[Edited 2006-08-10 23:49:46]

User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4059 times:

Excellent. Big grin

One phrase for you all.....

"Bunch of crazy fools"  silly 



Lee



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineMatt27 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4056 times:

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 3):
"Bunch of crazy fools"

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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12255 posts, RR: 35
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4039 times:
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Good to hear you guys had a great time. Like I've mentioned before, I won't make it quite that far north, but I'll be at 71° north sometime next week  Smile

Oh, did any of you see ANCFlyer's polar bear?



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User currently offlineDaleaholic From UK - England, joined Oct 2005, 3208 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4037 times:

Anybody care to point out who's tent is who's?

Looks like you guys had a great trip!

Thanks for sharing!



Religion is an illusion of childhood... Outgrown under proper education.
User currently offlineAerobalance From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 4683 posts, RR: 47
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4033 times:

Would this be the wackiest location for an A.net meet ever held? If not, which meet was it?

Glad to see you pulled it off - good job!



"Sing a song, play guitar, make it snappy..."
User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2432 posts, RR: 24
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4026 times:

Some more pics out of a few hundred that I took:

Sunrise in the north western direction after an hours flight from Oslo. The sun had just set about two hours earlier. Very weird!


On approach to Longyear. The mountains suddenly become visible in the haze.


I then turned on my GPS navigator and here's the proof


What is an arctic island without a limo service?


The main street of Longyear


A supermarket which we were all very surprised about. It was way more civilized than we had expected.


Sören, Dan and Rune (Birdwatching, Plymspotter and Dyflyer) chilling


The abandoned choal minde just next to Longyear. It reminds Sören and I of the adventure game called "Myst"


Sören running away from birds that started attacking us. (no joke)


A picture from a trip I was on the next day to the abandoned russian choal mine town called "Pyramiden"


Some french people being dropped off. They were apparently going Kayaking for a few days.


The water full of ice


A sign from "Pyramiden" in Russian


A statue of "you-know-who" (Lenin)


Another cool sign. Don't ask me what the text means


And then the Russians started blowing up buildings behind us. The following day, this sightseeing trip was suspended due to the explosions


[Edited 2006-08-11 01:08:14]

User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4022 times:

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 8):

Great pics Big grin

Looks like you all had a blast  Wink


Lee



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineLO231 From Belgium, joined Sep 2004, 2392 posts, RR: 23
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4018 times:

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 8):
Another cool sign. Don't ask me what the text means

It says "Gagarin's sport complex"

You're welcome.  praise 

Ant the head was Lenin, not Stalin, but I assume you knew  Wink

Regards,
LO231

PS. Great pics, keep them coming!



Got both LO 788 frames already, next LO E95 and 734 BRU-WAW-BRU
User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8726 posts, RR: 43
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4009 times:

Quoting LO231 (Reply 10):
Ant the head was Lenin, not Stalin, but I assume you knew

That makes sense, considering the few cyrillic letters I know.  Silly



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineLO231 From Belgium, joined Sep 2004, 2392 posts, RR: 23
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4008 times:

Quoting Aloges (Reply 11):
Quoting LO231 (Reply 10):
Ant the head was Lenin, not Stalin, but I assume you knew

That makes sense, considering the few cyrillic letters I know.

I know them all, Russian was taught in Poland from the early years of education ;

I'm glad now actually, it used to be a nuasance, now it becomes handy in the Western World.. Hehe

Regards,
LO231



Got both LO 788 frames already, next LO E95 and 734 BRU-WAW-BRU
User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2432 posts, RR: 24
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4006 times:

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 9):
Looks like you all had a blast

Hehehe  Wink

Quoting LO231 (Reply 10):

It says "Gagarin's sport complex"

You're welcome. praise

Ant the head was Lenin, not Stalin, but I assume you knew

Thanks for translating and I just corrected it. Thankyou  Smile


User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2432 posts, RR: 24
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3998 times:

Some of the Russians mentioned earlier... see what I mean with looking suspicious?  Smile
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Norwegian coast guard doing an exercise with the boat I was on
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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3993 times:

Great pics again Big grin


Next time you guys wanna meet up there, i'm in Big grin



Lee



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineLO231 From Belgium, joined Sep 2004, 2392 posts, RR: 23
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3987 times:

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 15):
Great pics again


Next time you guys wanna meet up there, i'm in

Ditto!

If I can speak some Russian, do I get a discount?  Wink

Regards,
LO231

PS. And find me that formula Dan uses to get me there cheaply!!



Got both LO 788 frames already, next LO E95 and 734 BRU-WAW-BRU
User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2432 posts, RR: 24
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3977 times:

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 15):
Great pics again

Thanks! I will probably post some more tomorrow but I am going to bed now
Weird to think that there is still daylight up in Longyear right now

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 15):
Next time you guys wanna meet up there, i'm in



Quoting LO231 (Reply 16):
Ditto!

Sounds great

Quoting LO231 (Reply 16):
If I can speak some Russian, do I get a discount?

Depends on where we're going next year
But we are planning to make odd location meetings an annual tradition of a.net

[Edited 2006-08-11 01:40:35]

User currently offlineLO231 From Belgium, joined Sep 2004, 2392 posts, RR: 23
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3968 times:

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 17):
Depends on where we're going next year
But we are planning to make odd location meetings an annually tradition of a.net

Pleeease make it known to the public way ahead. So we can start saving/planning/etc.

Regards,
LO231

PS. I'd say there wasn't an Iceland meet before. Would make a nice stopover to BOS, which I want to visit.  Wink



Got both LO 788 frames already, next LO E95 and 734 BRU-WAW-BRU
User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8726 posts, RR: 43
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3958 times:

Quoting LO231 (Reply 18):
I'd say there wasn't an Iceland meet before.

And I say there is Iceland Express! Big grin



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2432 posts, RR: 24
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3950 times:

Quoting LO231 (Reply 18):
PS. I'd say there wasn't an Iceland meet before.

We were thinking about another location but I will let Sören reveal the plan as it was another crazy idea of his (which I fully support)

Here's a map of where Svalbard is to anyone who doesn't already know where it is:

What's Alaska doing that far south? Big grin

Goodnight folks! Will post again tomorrow

[Edited 2006-08-11 01:53:38]

User currently offlineLO231 From Belgium, joined Sep 2004, 2392 posts, RR: 23
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3942 times:

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 20):
We were thinking about another location

Hmm, Greenland.....

Regards,
LO231



Got both LO 788 frames already, next LO E95 and 734 BRU-WAW-BRU
User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2432 posts, RR: 24
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3940 times:

Quoting LO231 (Reply 21):
Hmm, Greenland.....

wrong... but goodnight.. im serious this time Big grin


User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3920 times:

Quoting Birdwatching (Thread starter):

Is that a camera or is he having a pleasant dream?  Wink

Looks like a fun trip. Thanks for the report.

Thom@s



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 18
Reply 24, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3914 times:

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 8):



Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 14):

Some great pics there Airpacific  thumbsup 


25 Post contains images AirPacific747 : Thanks! Can someone please help me identifying that helicopter model as I am planning to give it a try on a.net..[Edited 2006-08-11 10:33:27]
26 Post contains images Thom@s : Its a Eurocopter AS.332 Super Puma, reg LN-OMX belonging to the company Airlift. I know because most of their fleet is based here at work. Thom@s
27 Post contains images DeltaWings : Wow, cool trip! I see I need to go there too one day
28 Post contains images AirPacific747 : Thanks!
29 Post contains images Skidmarks : Well, you lucky buggers! Looks like a good trip and I am exceedingly jealous. I would loved to have come along. So, whens the next one? Andy
30 HT : Good to hear that you made the trip up there and back safely and had a great time ! Still a shame that I couldn't attend. Let me speculate ...: Well,
31 Post contains links and images AirPacific747 : Good suggestion, but that's not it either Just uploaded it.. hope it'll have a chance: http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/big/ready/DSC_333777.JPG He
32 Post contains images HT : Next guess: ... too many possibilities to post here ... I'll wait for Sören's announcement Stunning pic's ! -HT
33 Post contains images Birdwatching : Good morning everybody, I just had the sleep of a lifetime. No permafrost cooling my back from below. Frederik I'm sure the first picture will make th
34 Post contains images AirPacific747 : You got it: Dan getting owned by a bird Us having fun outside the Longyearbyen school Dan getting owned again... ...and again: We found a Jap in the
35 Post contains images Birdwatching : No comments Soren
36 Post contains images BMIFlyer : Yes please, or maybe we can have a meek in Iceland. I hear KEF is nice Lee
37 Post contains images KaiGywer : KEF would definately be a good idea. Easy to get to from MSP
38 Post contains links and images AirPacific747 : Søren, this is for you: View Large View MediumPhoto © Phil Broad
39 HT : Call that potential meeting in KEF "Europe and America meeting midway" (okay, this might be somehow misleading - in that case replace "midway" by "mi
40 Post contains images Doona : As far as I can tell, it says "Gagarina Sportkompleks"... was there an ex-Soviet sports arena nearby? Cheers Mats
41 Post contains images AirPacific747 : Seems like you're right, both of you then And yeah there was an old sports complex. Very old crap. I have lots of more pictures from the russian mini
42 Doona : I took a course of Russian in high school. For some reason I can only remember the alphabet. And "Nazdarovye", of course! Cheers Mats
43 LO231 : I grew up in Poland, where from the age of 11, you had Russian at school as a second language, you know, a gift from our Soviet friends.... Forgot a
44 AirPacific747 : Awesome! I wish I was able to understand it. It looks very cool!
45 Post contains links and images BMIFlyer : The Spring 2007 KEF (Iceland) A.Net Meet. (by BMIFlyer Aug 11 2006 in Non Aviation) Hehe   Lee[Edited 2006-08-11 15:19:36]
46 Post contains images AirPacific747 : Two shots that I am really proud of. Nikon all the way
47 Post contains images BMIFlyer : Fantastic shots, both of em Lee
48 Post contains images AirPacific747 : Thankyou!
49 Post contains images BMIFlyer : Now get on the trip to KEF with us and take more like that Lee
50 Post contains images AirPacific747 : I really want to! I'll see if I can afford it at the time.. right now there are red digits at the bottom line of my budget
51 Post contains images PlymSpotter : Well Guys, I have got back.........at last! All the flights yesterday back to Oslo went to plan, apart from having the same aircraft for all 4 of the
52 Post contains images AirPacific747 : I'm sorry to hear about all the trouble you had to go through! I had to land in Tromsø as well as Oslo on my way home but everything went smoothly
53 Alphafloor : Absolutely brilliant guys !! @ AirPacific747 OMG those pictures are wonderful !!! This is an amazing place ! Thanks for sharing them ! Alejandro
54 Post contains images AirPacific747 : Thankyou!
55 AirPacific747 : I am designing a website at the moment dedicated to my photos. Both aviation related photos and non-av related photos
56 Post contains images DYflyer : I can just concur with what the others said. What a great trip. The other was a bit quicker than me with the pictures, but i guess i can add a few. Lo
57 Post contains links and images PlymSpotter : Well, I'm afraid I havn't managed to get all the pictures I would have liked to up on my site, time just hasn't allowed, but I have quite a few now av
58 Alphafloor : It was a pleasure to browse your pictures Dan, just a question why did you mention 'annoying german guy' ? For the rest 80% of the pictures are excell
59 Post contains images PlymSpotter : Ah, I mean no offense to Germans when I say that, just we didn't know his name, only that he was German. He was also staying at the campsite, and bega
60 Post contains images Alphafloor : He looks funny, he seems to be rolling a joint or something...
61 Trekster : Amazing pictures. Looks like it was an amazing meet. Though i would not wanna be camping lol Great pcis dan
62 Post contains images Pawsleykat : brilliant pics guys. I wish I could have gone. That looks so much fun!! I don't fancy a camping though, weren't there any hotels or B&Bs at all up the
63 Post contains images DYflyer : There is a SAS Radison hotel in Longyearbyen. I also guess there are a few other guesthouses for those who want to miss out on part of the experience
64 RootsAir : JUST ONE WORD.........WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!
65 HT : Stunning Pictures ! -HT
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