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A bark from Ettra

A bark from Ettra

–  Woof! Ettra here. I want to share a bit about my life at Bamsebu with you. The first winter I slept outside almost the entire time. It was dark, cold and windy but I rolled up like the fur ball that I am. The coldest night it was -34 degrees. Don’t forget I have a...

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No days are alike

No days are alike

“The sky knows when it's time to snow. Don't need to teach a seed to grow. It's just another ordinary miracle today.”  - Sarah Maclaughlan   – What is a typical day at Bamsebu? We often get asked that. There are things we do every single day like getting a fire...

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The countdown is on

The countdown is on

“I have no special talents, I am merely passionately curious” -Albert Einstein   Its April and its Citizen Science Month, so what does that mean? For us up here in the land of ice and snow and Polar Bears it means being a keen observer to change as we record what...

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From climate despair to climate optimism

From climate despair to climate optimism

Solstice- moving towards the light to shine the light!   We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. — TS Eliot   Inspiration and guest expert We are borrowing...

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Climate technology and a beautiful day

Climate technology and a beautiful day

“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. As we celebrate Community this month- we celebrate the immense power people possess when they band together with...

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The light is back, but there is still no sea ice

The light is back, but there is still no sea ice

“Borders, I have never seen one. But I hear they exist in the minds of some people”  – Thor Heyerdahl -    Life here can be thought of as chaos.  It is surreal, dark, cold, expansive, harsh, barren, peaceful, magical and ever-changing. It is full of random polar...

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OPERATION ETTRA

OPERATION ETTRA

“The ancestor of every action is a thought” --- Ralph Waldo Emerson   It’s a scene in almost every western movie. Cowboys huddled around the crackling fire at night, whiskey in one hand and smokes in another. Laughter, stories, a roast- catch of the day, sounds...

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4 Polar Bear visits and a Polar Bear poop

4 Polar Bear visits and a Polar Bear poop

“There are only two ways to live your life.  One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”  - Einstein Pancake Ice Slowly, the pancake ice is starting to form in the fjord. Our shoreline delineated by a thick band of frozen...

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Ettra is coming home!

Ettra is coming home!

“Anything more wonderful than the polar night does not exist. It is a dream-like sight. It is a light poem of all the finest and most delicate tones of the soul.” Fridjof Nansen NEW BAMSEBU BLOG Advent and a time of waiting When we were children, this time before...

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Two Polar Bears & two Polar Girls

Two Polar Bears & two Polar Girls

“To seek solitude during the dark part of the year in Svalbard isn’t just about bidding farewell to civilization for several months. It’s first and foremost about daring to meet yourself. Only the bravest among us dare to do that” -- Arne O. Holm Its December and a...

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Hello from Bamsebu – we are keeping the light on

Hello from Bamsebu – we are keeping the light on

“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books” - John Lubbock The Use of Life One week at Bamsebu and this year could not be more different than...

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Hello to all in our Hearts in the Ice community!

Hello to all in our Hearts in the Ice community!

“The planet is facing a rapidly accelerating emergency, but it's not too late to act, says Christiana Figueres, architect of the historic 2015 Paris Agreement. "All of us start the transformation in one place — our mindset. This decade is a moment of choice unlike any...

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Behind the scenes – the gang of six!

Behind the scenes – the gang of six!

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to...

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Beluga whales – the great comeback story!

Beluga whales – the great comeback story!

Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farmworkers can become the president of a great nation. It...

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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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Ordinary miracles – reflections from Bamsebu

Ordinary miracles – reflections from Bamsebu

“The sky knows when its’ time to snow,
Don't need to teach a seed to grow.
It's just another ordinary miracle today” - Sarah McLachlan Right now we all seem to be living on our own “little islands”. Communication in the virtual sense being nearly the only way to...

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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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What in the world are we “feeding” ourselves?

What in the world are we “feeding” ourselves?

In the 5 months since we have here we have seized every opportunity to celebrate. Celebration is at the core of who we both are - we love to engage with the milestones and to find some small ways to wrap our arms around anything special; our first polar bear sighting,...

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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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Where can we find silence and quiet?

Where can we find silence and quiet?

Where do we actually find peace of mind? Open spaces in the Arctic and specifically right here at Bamsebu (77.55 latitude/15.06 longitude) are a geography of possibility. With the advent of technology and accelerated speeds at which we can literally “connect” with...

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Fall/Winter Update 2021

19 months at Bamsebu are complete. History was made and the team have connected with over 100,000 youth globally and collected heaps of data for climate change projects. Next up-plans for the Canadian Arctic. Stay tuned!  The book is a wrap - get yours here.  Please share our monthly school calls with your friends, teachers and students - join in the calls here

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