I am in Svalbard!

Dear readers,

Not much activity here from me during this spring. But today I need to make one of my travel posts, because I am in Svalbard! Where is that, you might wonder? Well, basically it is as far from Lund as northern Africa - but in the other direction. This is the Norwegian settlement close to the North Pole where you need to bring a gun if you depart from the main city street (well, there is only one street here, so no need to call it the "main" street).
There it is; the street
So, your next good question is why on earth did I go here?

I am here as a part of a Lund University delegation working for three days on finding areas of cooperation, within research and education, with the University of Tromsö and their Faculty of Science and Technology. Specifically we are working on areas of cooperation within aviation and human factors/systems safety. Our two universities  have previously cooperated in that Lund University School of Aviation has provided the practical pilot training for the pilot students at the University of Tromsö.

The representatives from the two universities gathered to brainstorm ideas for future research and education
Johan Bertlett from Lund University introducing his research interests 
From Lund University you here see Eric Wahren, Anders Gudmunsson, Åsa Ek, Per Göran Nilsson, Annika Mårtensson and Michael Johansson
Annika Mårtensson thanks the UiT representatives for a great first day and fantastic dinner
Bad weather outside, otherwise this picture would be taken from the opposite direction. Big windows and a fantastic view from the restaurant.

At this point you should ask me whether I have travelled all the way up to amazing Svalbard just to sit indoors in meetings. Well, basically I have. BUT, that is only so far. This afternoon our hosts from Tromsö University has promised outdoor activities, which can continue for how long you like - it never turns dark here this time of the year. That is actually fascinating (one of many fascinating aspects of this place)! Basically, the 2500 people living in this part of the world have six months of brightness followed by six months of darkness. The transition from midnight sun to complete darkness takes about a month. And we thing the difference between summer and winter is severe in Sweden.

Enough words for now - here are more pictures from this amazing place:

From the approach to Svalbard and Longeyerabyen
Final approach 


The hotel building in which I live
Going for a walk

They call it polar low pressures: super rapid weather changes!

The view from my hotel room at midnight


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