Svalbard, Norway

A zodiac is driving with people in front of the Nordenskiold glacier in Svalbard. People drive with the zodiac closer to the glacier to have a closer look at the massive ice wall.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 8 September, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a Canon EOS-1D X and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/25
  • Exposure time: 1/15s
  • ISO: 1600
  • Focal Length: 278mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 5116 by 3411 pixels (WxH).

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The zodiac in front of the glacier is minuscule in comparison to the enormous glacier. It shows how small we are in the grand scheme of things. Nature has a funny way of bringing down our egos! The pops of color come from the blue hue of the glacier and the red of the people’s jackets.

Norway’s Svalbard Archipelago is a fascinating place to visit. It is the very definition of remote. In 2012, the Governor of Svalbard passed a law that requires anyone traveling outside the settlements to carry a gun. Incase a polar bear comes near, you have the means to scare it off. Therefore, carrying a firearm is mandatory, and items like flare firearms they recommend highly. However, to use a firearm within the settlements is against the law.

Interestingly, there are more Polar bears than people living here. The human population is around 2500 – 3000 people. Comparatively, polar bear numbers are about 3500. An interesting fact about Svalbard is that we classify it as a desert. Svalbard is in the northern part of our planet, known as ‘Arctic desert.’ Because of its rock and ice, cold temperatures, and low humidity. The area receives small amounts of precipitation, and the air is almost as dry as in a ‘hot’ desert.

To get closer, in front, to a glacier, you will often have to use a zodiac. But you have to take a secure distance from the glacier.

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