I've now been in Svalbard for four days. During that time I have packed gear and prepared for my upcoming trip. There have been some delays due to the ice runway cracking: this meant heavy aircraft carrying supplies and equipment were unable to land. The temperature at the north pole had dropped to about minus 42 C and the runway was repaired by the Russian team at Barneo. The flight in is now scheduled for tomorrow afternoon, a delay of a day and a half.
Here in Svalbard, the lowest temperature was in the mid minus twenties (balmy when compared to the north pole).
I have now acclimatised to the cold weather and am now more than happy wearing only a t-shirt, one fleece, and a shell jacket (plus hat and big gloves)!
Over the last couple of days I have taken my equipment out for a test run, practised erecting the tent I will be living in and perfecting the art of lighting an MSR stove aka the flame thrower.
Now I have a little time for reflection on the events that led to this day. After,I'll be working on mentally preparing for the journey ahead.
Future images will be smaller as my satellite communications system is low bandwidth and prevents larger images from being sent.