Photographer's Note

Here you can see the motivation for travelling to Spitsbergen: snow algae. It is actually quite surprising that they can survive here. On snow fields and glaciers near the North coast of Spitsbergen, the polar night is very long and cold. The algae must be within the snow for most of the year. It is only for a few weeks towards the end of summer that they happen to be on top of snow and ice and have daylight (24 hours) for their metabolism and reproduction. Even then, the temperature on the snow field surface isn't very high. - The surrounding mountains are called Walterfjella. In the background you can see the island Dansk°ya. Behind it is a second small island (Amsterdam°ya) and then 1000km of open or frozen sea to North pole.

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