Author: Jennifer Kingsley

(Post 4 of 5) Back on the trail of #meetthenorth (check previous posts) we attended a service at Svalbard Kirke this morning led by pastor Leif Magne Helgesen. The clean beauty of the church surprised me; wood panels and gold paint welcomed us Leif was raised in Madagascar by missionary parents, and he’s been in…

(Post 5 of 5) The trail to Platåfjellet leaves from behind the church in Longyearbyen. It’s one of Pastor Leif’s favourite walks. In less than an hour you reach the ridge above town. A little further, and the magic starts.

(Post 2 of 4) Timon helps take care of a dog team at the public dog yard in Longyearbyen. They had a work party today, so Eric and I helped clear up the garbage and check the fences. Dozens of dogs share two-storey fenced accommodation and their handlers come to clean, feed, run and love…

(Post 3 of 4) Spring time in the dog yard. Want a ride in the cart? It’s work before play. Jenny picks up an impressive amount of dog poo. And then meets Miriam. Check out the next post.

(Post 4 of 4) Miriam gives the dogs some exercise pulling a fancy new dune-buggy dog cart. She’s working on a PhD in marine biology; she studies the tiny animals that live in sea ice. Out on the track, she calls after the dogs – go! stop! left! right! At one point, they leave the…