Send a letter from the northernmost postbox in Ny Alesund

Send a letter from the northernmost postbox in Ny Alesund

A letter sent from Ny Ålesund, international base station for Arctic research and home to the northernmost postbox might read something like this:

 

No bowhead whales today, but the spectacular coast along this stretch of Spitsbergenis strewn with low-flying seabirds and herds of reindeer. The mast for Amundsen’s and Nobile’s exploratory airships is still here too. Amundsen made it across the pole to Alaska in the late 1920s, but Nobile crashed in pack ice. Amundsen went in search and was lost too. We’ve been enjoying some commanding views from the comfort of our boat’s deck without tragedy, but am glad for the snug warmth of our cabin at night.  The twitchers on board have been going mad for the Arctic terns, skuas, eiders, geese, ducks, kittiwakes, gulls, snow buntings, sandpipers and their chicks, but I’m more for the polar bears we’ve seen padding across the ice and the fluffy Arctic foxes pouncing and pawing their way around town. Already feeling on top of the world, enjoying the polar light and air, though we’ve a little way to go to get to the pole yet…

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