When you fly into Svalbard you land in Longyearbyen, the main city of Svalbard, with a population of just 2368 inhabitants. Longyearbyen is always the starting point for my adventures to this remote land – it is the gateway to true Arctic wildness. The polar night is long in Svalbard. From the 26 October to the 16 February it is dark all the time, but after months of darkness the light starts sneaking back and it is a truly beautiful light. I love the time of year when the sun hits the island again, it is a great time to visit. I have been to Svalbard several times and it has a special place in my heart. It makes me feel free and happy. It’s the people I meet and the unique nature you find up there that make me feel like this.
The third time I visited Svalbard I got to know a family that have lived up there nearly their whole lives. The mother, Berit, owns a dog sled tour company, Svalbard Villmarkssenter, and her kids are still all up there working in the city. I knew when I met Berit that she was a special woman with a big heart. She has so much knowledge from all her trips and years of experience, which she loves to pass on to her family and others. And I believe that her dogs have the best life up there with her. They do what they love, and she gets what she needs from them. They are like her kids. We were dog sledding just outside the city and only one hour away you feel like you are miles and miles out in the wild.