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Re: 2018 Arctic Expedition
« Reply #30 on: March 29, 2018, 12:44:18 AM »
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Re: 2018 Arctic Expedition
« Reply #31 on: March 29, 2018, 08:16:24 AM »
That's probably the most north minyan in the world... Ever! Which direction did you daven?
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Re: 2018 Arctic Expedition
« Reply #32 on: March 29, 2018, 11:35:50 AM »
That's probably the most north minyan in the world... Ever! Which direction did you daven?
South?

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Re: 2018 Arctic Expedition
« Reply #33 on: March 29, 2018, 11:56:43 AM »
Great stuff Shayaj! Keep the pictures coming.

The 5 minute walkway from airport to hotel, has walls of snow on the sides :)

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Re: 2018 Arctic Expedition
« Reply #34 on: March 29, 2018, 12:12:56 PM »
Great stuff Shayaj! Keep the pictures coming.

The 5 minute walkway from airport to hotel, has walls of snow on the sides :)

I actually got held up on the walk to the airport because they were plowing the snow inside the walkway.
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Re: 2018 Arctic Expedition
« Reply #35 on: March 29, 2018, 12:26:14 PM »
Excuse me! I asked you to wait!!

Also, great pictures! I like this TR style, although I'm sure there is so much backstory not being shared. Will wait for the Fishy report one day.

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Re: 2018 Arctic Expedition
« Reply #36 on: March 29, 2018, 12:33:26 PM »
Excuse me! I asked you to wait!!

Also, great pictures! I like this TR style, although I'm sure there is so much backstory not being shared. Will wait for the Fishy report one day.

That was my deal with @Something Fishy, everyone sticks with what he is good at, me posting photos, him telling stories  :) :) :)
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Re: 2018 Arctic Expedition
« Reply #37 on: March 29, 2018, 12:34:45 PM »
That was my deal with @Something Fishy, everyone sticks with what he is good at, me posting photos, him telling stories  :) :) :)

Let's see how long it's going to take for @Something Fishy to respond  :)
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Re: 2018 Arctic Expedition
« Reply #38 on: March 29, 2018, 12:38:28 PM »
That was my deal with @Something Fishy, everyone sticks with what he is good at, me posting photos, him telling stories  :) :) :)
What @yehuda really wants to know is... Did you take all of these pictures with an iPhone? 🤣
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Re: 2018 Arctic Expedition
« Reply #39 on: March 29, 2018, 12:45:41 PM »
What @yehuda really wants to know is... Did you take all of these pictures with an iPhone? 🤣

Sorry to disappoint, 95% was shot with my Galaxy s8.
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Re: 2018 Arctic Expedition
« Reply #40 on: March 29, 2018, 12:50:46 PM »
Excuse me! I asked you to wait!!

Also, great pictures! I like this TR style, although I'm sure there is so much backstory not being shared. Will wait for the Fishy report one day.

On a real note, I would have wanted to write all the backstories and play around with editing the photos, but I know I never would have finished, so rather I decided to take this route.
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Re: 2018 Arctic Expedition
« Reply #41 on: March 29, 2018, 01:51:10 PM »


Great stuff Shayaj! Keep the pictures coming.

The 5 minute walkway from airport to hotel, has walls of snow on the sides :)

That's what you should expect after landing on a snowy runway

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Re: 2018 Arctic Expedition
« Reply #42 on: April 04, 2018, 10:51:52 AM »
Part 2


Tuesday, March 13th, 2018.

We got up early to this beautiful view.




Davening shacharis.




After breakfast, we were picked up by Better Moments (the outfitter we used).




Their unique lodge (they call it "office"), where we were outfitted with the appropriate gear.




Erlend, one of our guides, giving us a brief overview of the islands of Svalbard.




Reviewing the route we are planning to take.




Safety briefing.




Our other guard Renč, with his rifle (it's illegal to leave the town without a gun).




All of our stuff, the camping gear, extra gas, and emergency equipment were loaded onto 4 sleds.

One more lesson on how to operate the snowmobile.




And off we went.




Svalbard, a rough yet unblemished land. No photos can do justice its beauty - or roughness, for that matter (not even your TR @Something Fishy.)

We drove through the most scenic mountains and valleys trying to make our way to the east coast of the island, where we were planning on setting up camp for the night.

We stopped at this beautiful site, to eat lunch and to daven mincha.




It's hard to show the size of those pieces of ice.




Bonding with @Moishebatchy.




@Something Fishy taking some photos.




Yup, that's me up there.




@Moishebatchy gets grumpy if he misses his daily nap.




We continued to drive up the glacier for about another 2 hours or so, then stopped on top for sundown.

It was breathtaking - sadly this is the best photo my phone could take.




After driving a bit more we arrived at a safe place to set up camp.

Setting up camp.




It's getting darker, but we are still in the process of setting up our tents.




It took us about 2 hours to setup 6 small tents to sleep and one big heated tepee for eating, davening and to warm up a bit.

Time to warm up, we melted snow in a pot and Sous-vided our frozen food. Hot food never tasted so good....




And then the northern lights started, the most amazing display of nature's fireworks.

It started slow...




It got stronger by the minute...




And then it was all over us.




Our tent... Time to go to sleep



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Re: 2018 Arctic Expedition
« Reply #43 on: April 04, 2018, 02:40:50 PM »
This is amazing. I should have came!!! Keep em cmn!

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Re: 2018 Arctic Expedition
« Reply #44 on: April 05, 2018, 02:51:31 AM »
Wow!