Nevada team will capture eclipse from 100,000 feet in air
A total solar eclipse can be seen in Svalbard, Longyearbyen, Norway, on March 20, 2015. (Photo: JON OLAV NESVOLD, AFP/Getty Images) According to the most recent wind projections for the time and location Wang says the balloon could fly about 30 miles ...
‘Polar Row’ exploration team smashes world records in icy north
Averaging 2.58 knots for 512 miles — crossing approximately 1 degree of latitude per day — they reached Longyearbyen in Svalbard by July 27. If they had been going at the previously held world record average pace for rowing in the Arctic, just 0.78 ...
The Procrastinator's Guide to Watching the Solar Eclipse
On the frigid morning of March 20, 2015, I finally stood fully in the moon's shadow under clear skies, in a valley between ice-covered cliffs just outside of the world's northernmost town (Longyearbyen, Svalbard). In the half-minute or so before totality ...
Top 5 Places to Catch the Northern Lights
With a population of just 2,000 in the only town of Longyearbyen, Svalbard’s rugged, icy terrain of glaciers and polar bears remains truly untouched. Huddle around a fire in a Sami-style tent, chase the aurora from a snowmobile, or take a tour of the fjords.
We Asked Two Eclipse Chasers What Keeps Them Hooked
The one in 2015 in Svalbard, that was the lotus flower eclipse. The one in Indonesia, that’s the butterfly corona. Each corona will be indelibly imprinted in your memory. Michael Zeiler watching the 2015 solar eclipse near Longyearbyen, Norway.
Rivers of ice and roaming polar bears in Svalbard, Norway
Blues and whites and grays blend together in a starkly breathtaking palette atop the Nordenskiöld Glacier that like a giant brushstroke, sweeps up from Billefjorden in the southwest of Svalbard ... more than 37 miles from Longyearbyen, the northernmost ...
General: Most densely populated part of Svalbard. Longyearbyen is residence of the Norwegian administration (Sysselmannen = Gouvernour), services and infrastructure (airport, port, hospital, shops, hotels etc), science (Polar institute, university ...
Why SVALBARD should be your next travel destination
The archipelago covers 61,000 sq kms (larger than Denmark). We chose Longyearbyen, a small mining town on Spitzbergen Island on Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, and stayed for 4 days. The distance from Longyearbyen to the North Pole is appx 1300 kms.