Author: Jennifer Kingsley

You can see part of the coal city in the background here, at the very far end of Longyearbyen, under the shadow of a glacier. We found bits and pieces of coal all over the slope.

This is Eric Guth. He’s my co-creator for #meetthenorth this week. He’s the kind of guy who will drag you to the top of an icy slope and convince you to climb across a decaying mine complex just to get to the windy side, which has a better angle. It’s fun having him along, and…

We’ve arrived in Svalbard’s main centre, Longyearbyen, on the island of Spitsbergen. 78.2200° N, 15.6500° E. We went for the long view this morning and hiked to an abandoned mine on the hillside above town. You always get perspective from up high. From the mine, we glimpsed the history of this place, named after an…

Looking down to the house where I’m staying on North Uist, Outer Hebrides, right before the next squall comes in. People I’ve met are so rooted to the land, and you can see why. It’s breathtaking.