We arrived to Hornsund on Thursday early in the morning and went on shore just around 9 o´clock. We spent morning exploring the station and went outside in the afternoon to see the famous Hansbreen – probably one of the most studied tidewater glaciers in Svalbard. On the way back we checked the location of our future measurements and spent the first night at the station.
Friday was really foggy all the day, we didn’t see almost anything around us. We joined our Polish friends, Tomek, Marzena and Lukasz. They know the area well and are able to find the right place. We set up the measurement on Fuglebekken and were happy to return to the base for lunch. We were hoping for better weather, but the fog was there all the day. So, we head towards the second catchment – Arie. This is the one with glacier. We could´t see it in the fog, so we must believe our friends that the glacier really exists :). Anyway, the discharge was considerably higher, we installed the instruments and continue downstream along the Arie river to set up the water temperature loggers. Later we reached the beach and explored the old hunters hut close to the station.
On Saturday, we woke up into a perfect sunny day. We left just after the breakfast at 9:30 and walked towards the Revdalen. It is a wide and rather long valley with a large lake (some 1.5 km long). We met lot of reindeer and were thinking about the possibilities to continue in our work from previous seasons in Petuniabukta (1). At least we are sure, there are really enough reindeer to perform some study on them. However, as we recognized, the most common animal here is a little auk. There are about 50 000 nesting pairs on the cliffs just behind the station. It is no surprise that 4 ornithologists spend here the season and work with them. We walk around the lake and installed temperature sensors to the tributaries of the Revelva. We spent a nice day, walking almost 10 hours. Tomorrow we will set up the turbidity meter at Arie catchment and start taking water samples. For now, everything goes well…
Jan & Veronika
PS: photos will come later due to limited internet connection