Finding our feet
So despite a delayed flight and a mad dash at Oslo airport to catch our connecting flight we have made it to Longyearbyen, Svalbard… Yas! We’ve spent the last couple of days finding our feet and trying to get used to the 24 hour daylight (no mean feat) and generally wandering about and getting a feel for the place.
Yesterday we took a wander down to the reservoir and said hi to our barnie pals… and their super cute fluffy chicks… amazing to think that in a couple of months they’ll be getting ready to head off on their 1600 mile journey to the Solway. We’ll be back down in the next day or two to do some proper filming.
Today we looked at some different parts of town with more of a focus on the old cable ways for shifting coal from the mines. Amazing structures with loads of weathered wood, paint and rusted metal… lovely.
We also spent a bit of time setting up our work space at Galleri Svalbard.
The big development this week has been that we have hired a vehicle. As well as meaning we can venture further afield to film and records it also acts as a portable bird hide… not the most discreet colour but the geese seem to get used to it after 30mins or so.
We’ve been making the most of having wheels, exploring and scouting out locations for shots. We’ve also been speaking to a few of the locals and have been arranging interviews for next week when the weather is forecast to be not great. One of the people we are due to interview is Eva Grundal, one of the few people to have been born in Longyearbyen.