There was still enough snow to take a snowmobile into Fradalen and Liam very kindly provided us with a lift in on 25th. Driving over the pass it was immediately clear that there was still an awful lot of snow in Fardalen. We went down to where the stream would normally be and dug a 1.5 metre deep hole but still didn't get down to rock, everywhere it seemed there were deep snow drifts. On the night of 26-27 it even snowed more. So instead of waiting in the hut for several days maybe weeks with not much else to do but sleep and melt snow to drink, we opted to come back and wait in Longyearbyen instead. We had bought snowshoes so it was a relatively easy three hour walk back.