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The work we do

The work we do

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essentials of life and not when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. H.D. Thoreau It’s been said that the greatest creative challenge is the struggle to be the architect of one’s own...

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Our world of heartbeats!

Our world of heartbeats!

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead We have been reflecting on the power of the word “community”. Both the community that we have created through Hearts in...

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The other side of fear

The other side of fear

Life here has been all about pattern disruption. The way we lived a year ago is worlds apart from the way we have lived here at Bamsebu for the past 9 months. There is no excess here. No excess distraction, no excess consumerism, no excess waste and no excess use of...

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Newborn

Newborn

Saturday May 2nd we rode our Lynx snowmobiles for 6 hours from Bamsebu to the town of Longyearbyen for a quick resupply of food, equipment, several interviews and a few meetings. Ettra running free with her head held high inhaling the fresh air, her bushy tail...

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The Little Bear Cub

The Little Bear Cub

Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life. Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. Rachel Carson, “The Sense of Wonder” In February we shared...

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Recalibrating our compass

Recalibrating our compass

“March Madness” happens every year in North America as the best college NCAA basketball teams in the league battle it out. The spring equinox month in 2020 has given brand new meaning to the words “March Madness”. It is unfathomable to grasp what is really happening...

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Crisis = danger + opportunity

Crisis = danger + opportunity

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom – Viktor Frankl From our tiny trappers cabin “Bamsebu” a storm is whipping around us with violent winds and snowdrifts...

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Tribute to Helfrid Nøis

Tribute to Helfrid Nøis

She’s a Lady, whoa, whoa, whoa, she’s a lady…. Talking about her…she’s a lady! Sung by the legendary Tom Jones How to turn a 1930 trappers’ cabin built for beluga hunting into a female friendly place? Simply put, it isn’t easy. The trappers' cabin “Bamsebu” was built...

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What lies beneath

What lies beneath

I am just going outside and I may be some time Captain Lawrence "Titus" Oates Oates was a member of the ill-fated Scott Expedition on the return journey from the South Pole who walked out of his tent… and into the white out! Remember what it was like to be a little...

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Time to Light things up!

Time to Light things up!

What is it that is so special about Svalbard? This is a question no doubt many people have asked, including the host for “Minutt for Minutt” Kari Toft. That show was slow TV showcasing all of Svalbard where they filmed us here at Bamsebu on Feb 8th. Really what is it...

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Will you be our Valentine…?

Will you be our Valentine…?

”Slow down you move too fast, you’ve got to make the morning last…. “ Simon and Garfunkel Finally, a day without a lot of wind. Time stands in complete peaceful, stillness at Bamsebu. It’s almost an eerie stillness when the hut is not shaking. It makes us pause long...

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Leadership

Leadership

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes - Marcel Proulx One of our main goals here at Bamsebu is to “live the experience.” To be in it, fully immersed and live to tell about it. We can proclaim with 100% certainty -...

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Stand by me – in the polar night

Stand by me – in the polar night

When the night has come, and the land is dark and the moon is the only light we’ll see. No, I won’t be afraid, oh I won’t be afraid, Just as long, as you stand, by me… Ben.E.King The last time we closed our eyes and tried to walk in total darkness was in Sept 2018 on...

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All we need is love

All we need is love

A hurricane storm is raging with wildness outside, winds gusting over 30 m/s which is close to 60 mph-120km/hr. Force 11 on the Beaufort scale. So powerful it keeps us inside and behind the 90-year old wooden walls as it thunders and shakes inside Bamsebu. The cold...

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Time

Time

50 plus years of preparation? Maybe we can say it like that. Seems like everything we have done in our lives, up until now, has prepared us in one way or another for this life at the “edge”. All of our skills developed and experiences gained over time that is...

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Training for the Olympics

Training for the Olympics

Running base layer - check, wool tights over baselayer - check, wool skirt over base - check, 2 pairs of socks - check, running shoes - check, gaitors - check, down jacket - check, waist belt with holster and signal pistol - check, weapon for polar bear safety -...

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For the Love of Science!

For the Love of Science!

What in the world is Citizen Science and why do we do it? In its richest form “Citizen Science” has the power to transform science and society. We live in a time where technology and information are abundant so it only makes sense to share information and collaborate...

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We’re all vulnerable

We’re all vulnerable

Vulnerability is something we have all experienced in our lives. Some more than others. Vulnerability can show up in in the absence of many of our basic needs - often things we all take for granted. Things like food, shelter, and warmth - all crucial for survival. In...

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First week at Bamsebu

First week at Bamsebu

The September 13th departure from the Coal pier in Longyearbyen was sealed with a powerful performance by 14 men from the “Store Norske Mannskor”- sharing songs and folklore from Svalbard’s rich history. All 100 guests were onboard soaking in the moments before we...

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Lots of Updates!

Lots of Updates!

Dear all!   We have a few good reasons why we have not sent out a blog lately. Now it's time to share a few updates! - What we are doing to get “Bamsebu Ready” for our 9-month overwintering Expedition, how to send us letters before we leave. - Link to the hosted...

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Summer Update 2020

Covid-19 Has changed so many things for all of us. Now, Hilde and Sunniva will remain at Bamsebu until September 2020. These unexpected events mean we are in need of more financial support.   We are now accepting pre-orders for our book:  Hearts In The Ice - A Historic Account of the First Women to Overwinter In Svalbard. Please follow us on our new, unexpected journey – and donate if you can!

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