Svea, Svalbard

Caught by the polar virus after my first visit to Svalbard, I moved to Longyearbyen in February 2017 and started training to become an Arctic guide. I learned how to use fire arms as protection against polar bear attacks, to find my way through the snowy landscapes on a snowmobile and to survive in the extreme polar environment. I first worked as a guide and logistics facilitator for The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) in Svea, the northernmost coal mining settlement in the world lost in the middle of the wilderness. When the sun came back in Spring, my colleagues and I roamed around the archipelago to see glaciers, sea ice, icebergs and polar bears.