lørdag 31. desember 2011

Christmas on Svalbard =)

When I finally finished all the work I needed to be done with before my vacation, I was really glad I got invited to a BBQ Svalbard style by the Niklas and Cara! Perfect way to start a holiday ;)

And a few days later, my family arrived Svalbard! And they brought loads of Christmas food! And who else in the world other tha my parents, could do something like bringing a Christmas Tree to Svalbard! Me and Øyunn didn`t manage to get one before they got sold out, so incredibly, my parents brought one! And presents! I thought that my family coming to Svalbard would be this years present, but they also brought a bunch of christmas presents! (Thanks for all the nice gifts everyone!)

So I had a lovely Christmas Eve with my family, Øyunn, and Happy! With dad`s amazing Christmas dinner, walking around the chistmas tree, too much candy and cookies! My family also brought snacks for the dogs :) So I think both the two-legged and the four-legged had a nice Chistmas in the Arctic :)

Now I´m looking forward to see fireworks in the polar night! :D

tirsdag 27. desember 2011

To Asbjørn on his Birthday! =D

To Asbjørn, one of my oldest and closest friends!
I hope you enjoy your day tremendously!

I salute you with a glass of Balvlennie! Look forward to the evening we once again can enjoy the golden drops of life as we gaze up to the stars, and wonders in appreciation about the little things that make life amazing!

To Asbjørn!

søndag 18. desember 2011

Damn you`re getting old Lena! ;)

To my sister of mischief, loyal partner in crime, everlasting adventurist, and the best co-pirate captain I could ever have wished for: Happy Birthday Lena!

I hope you get a spectacular day!! And we`ll double the awesome celebration when I get home, before you once again go to your southern home Australia! =D

Miss you a lot!! <3

Many, many birthday-hugs from Ida Helene xD

What better way to celebrate my 100-blogpost, than a post in your honour!

A (late) Birthday honour for Mark! :D

Yes, I know I´m late, but I hope you do forgive me!

I hope you had a great day of celebrations, whish I could have been there with you!

Miss you a lot! <3

Ida Helene :D

torsdag 15. desember 2011

Cruising with the Coast Guard!

Yes, I got lucky enough to join a field cruise with the Norwegian Coast Guard!

There`s not alot of boats out in the fjords at this time of year, not all the boats are build to handle the ice that may appear! So since KV Svalbard was up here for a small trip, we got the chance to use it for a couple of days in field!

Sampling zooplankton (and any remains of phytoplankton) is very difficult at this time! I was superexcited that I got to join, together with my supervisor, 2 post-docs and 2 PhDs =)

The vessel is much bigger than any vessel I´ve been on for scientific sampling, it was such a luxury to have so much space on deck! With all the guys on board doing their sivil service (privates), and the officers in charge, we got so much help with equipment and sampling! We got kind of spoiled! xD It was really fun working with all these great guys, so I definitly had a good time!

Of course we didn`t get spoiled only by helping hands on deck, the food was delicious! Don`t think the mariners have a hard time on this boat =) Since we were guests, we were dining with the officers, not sure how many people my age have actually been eating in there =P And we could also use the officers lounge (befal stue) when we had a break, but I thought it was more fun to stay in the privates lounge (menig stue) =)

Not only did the sampling go well, but we were so lucky while we were out! In Billefjorden we had such calm waters, and completly clear sky! The moon was so bright, we could see all the beautiful snowcovered mounatins in the middle of the darkness! On top of this, there was a big Aurora Borealis covering the fjord, AND we saw the meteorshower! How cool is that!

When we got back to Adventfjorden, we still saw a lot of meteors! And I finally caught a lot of my beloved sea angels! The offisers were teasing me, cause suddenly I was jumping up and down with a big smile over my face! :D

All in all I got 3 nights at KV Svalbard, we had some very long days and alte nights with sampling, but we got all we hoped for! =)

But I´m sure gonna miss having so many mariners around me! ;)

Btw: KV Svalbard is now celebrating the 10th year anniversary, so Happy Birthday!