Longyearbyen

(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…

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…