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Van Mijenfjorden, Svalbard (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Van Mijenfjorden, Svalbard

Map of Van Mijenfjorden, Svalbard

Van Mijenfjorden Aurora Borealis Solar Eclipse, Svalbard, March 20, 2015 Glacier The Scream Eclipse Ice Chunk
Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) Caribou (Rangifer tarandus)



Svalbard, Canary Islands, and Spain

3/20/2015: After snowmobiling from Longyearbyen for a few hours through whiteout conditions, we arrived at the cabin in Van Mijenfjorden. The prospects for the eclipse were looking poor, and I was freezing after a bottle of rum broke in my luggage and soaked a couple of my layers. The next day, however, the clouds cleared. During the night, we were treated to a display of the aurora borealis. On the morning of the eclipse, the sky was 100% cloud free. We stood outside in -15 degrees fahrenheit to watch the total eclipse in leisure.

Previous Visit (Longyearbyen Airport: 3/18/2015)
Next Visit (Barentsburg: 3/21/2015)

Species Recorded (2)

Birds ( 1 )

Grouse, Turkeys, and Allies ( Phasianidae )
Rock Ptarmigan - Lagopus muta




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