It’s 10 past 4 in the morning,
and I was woken up by the wind and the rain.
I thought, if I get up early I could maybe do a timelapse, or something
with the sunrise, but it does not sound like a beautiful, quiet sunrise with
golden light. It sounds grey. So, I might sleep another hour or two. Let’s just have a look outside and see how it really is. Yeah, it’s quite windy, and a little rainy, and it does not look like I’ll get any batteries charged. Let’s be positive and think, if i take another
hour or two, I’ll wake up with the golden sunlight in the tent!
Yeah, time to go back into the warm and nice and sleeping bag. Goodnight. I might not look like it, but I feel really rested. And, what is better than waking up in a tent, on Svalbard, with your 600 millimeter wrapped in neoprene
next to you, and your satellite phone, and your binoculars, and all the good stuff. This is a beautiful little island! Fantastic! Time to make some coffee! Look at this! Look at this! Oooh, let’s get out! I’m desperate to get some
power into my power banks. What a beautiful day.
Whoa! Let’s just get out and look before we make the coffee. Oh yeah! That looks nice.
Maybe it’ll clear up a little bit. It has really been raining during the
night. It’s not warm, at all. Let’s get that solar panel up. But first,
let’s make some coffee. No, let’s get that solar panel up first, and then make
coffee afterwards! We have to get these priorities right. No! Solar panel! These two power banks are
completely empty now. 0%. And now, now the day can begin. When hiking with a rifle, it’s pretty
bad to get rain, dirt, snow, stuff in here, so what I’ve done is I have put duct tape
around it. It makes it clean and safe. There are a lot of birds sitting out there. I think I’m going to leave my bag here. I
still have the flare gun, and this area is easy to see far distance. So I’ll
leave the bag here and I’m going to see if I can get a little bit closer.
It’s awesome. Some bird photography here on the little island. So, the plans, they have changed a little
bit because I’ve just talked to Martin. High winds are coming, a storm or
something, on Thursday and Friday. Martin says he was going out here today to go
hunting in the fjords, and I could either get the pickup home today, Wednesday, or I could wait and then get a pickup Saturday. Because I’m leaving Monday
I thought that coming home maybe late on Saturday just basically didn’t give
me the opportunity to do something else on the Island here. On the other hand, I
really like to spend time here because I have spent a lot of time filming, and
setting up camp, and getting everything to work, and I would definitely love an
extra day or two here. But, I have chosen to go home today, so he’ll pick me up at
four o’clock. It’s about four hours from now. That just gives me the time to
go inland to see if I can be lucky and find the fox. There are also
nice places around Longyearbyen and Svalbard where you can go out on day trips
and stuff, so I’m going to do that. So this gives me the opportunity to
have the best of the island and also do some adventures in there. So time to pack
and go and see if we can find the fox! Let’s see. I hope there is something up there!
At least I know there’ll be a beautiful view. Whoa! I was actually wondering, when it didn’t rain how do the animals get water
on this island, but apparently… look at this. It looks like some inland lakes. Oh
I’d love to spend a little more time here in this area. Oh, there was a… I think
I must have surprised a reindeer. Look, it’s down there, you see? Look there. I
think both the reindeer and me got really frightened, because it jumped up
30 metres from me and I made a funny sound! That was a big one.
I wonder if he stops down here. So this is where they drink apparently. There he is! The light is so hard now but still nice
to see the deer. I have a time-lapse camera over there that
we need to go and pick up and, when that’s done, I’ll start to get things
down to the shoreline. Take the bear alarm down, take the tent down, just to be ready. Oh, no battery. I was trying to run the app to make it move a little bit, but… What
I wanted to do was just to have these flowers in the foreground, and then make
a slow pan while the time lapse was on. But, let’s see. Huh, not bad I think. I think, I don’t know, maybe I got something,
maybe I didn’t. Let’s pack that camp down. So, everything is now packed and ready
for the pickup. I think now it’s half past three. I think around four or five Martin will be here in his little boat. It took a while to pack
everything down, you know with bear alarms and stuff, but now I’m ready. It has
been absolutely awesome to spend three days on this little island, and I could
definitely spend some more time but because the option is either to go home
today or to wait three more days, then I’m not in doubt. I want to go back to
Longyearbyen now so I can also go out on some other small adventures in these ten
days when I’m here. As we headed towards Longyearbyen, I was already looking forward to going on some new adventures, but what I didn’t know was that high
winds and heavy rain would prevent me from going anywhere by boat and that I
would be spending the next four days indoors. But then, suddenly, on my very last
day, the weather changed. I went to a small valley, and guess who I met there?
Time was short and the moment so valuable to me, so I didn’t dare start
vlogging or anything like that. Instead, I concentrated fully on my photography
just like I did before I started making these videos! So unfortunately I can’t
share any behind the scenes stuff with you, but I can show you a few photographs
from this amazing moment with the little arctic fox…