28 May - 13 June
We waited in Longyearbyen for the snow to melt. It actually went surprisingly fast with the ice audibly breaking up and new streams appearing every day. While we were waiting we took the opportunity to experience the surroundings of Longyearbyen. We visited an englacial meltwater channel on Larsbreen. There was of course no water in it at this time of year so we could walk for several hundred meters down the channel. There were fascinating ice formations everywhere and definitely plenty of sediment in the ice to be subject to weathering reactions! Other trips included the Russian town of Barentsburg, the mine at Hiortfjellet and general walks around the vicinty of Longyearbyen.