Svalbard 2013

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Hoy
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RickR wrote:

Wow, Trond!  Every pic is so interesting!  Ya know, we are benefiting from your good weather there as well, or perhaps even more so:  really excellent quality photos.

 

The mountains, the ice flow "sculpture", the black draba pods, the silenes, the teraxacum, the saxes, Oh my!

Thanks Rick!

We were really lucky with the weather. Although it doesn't rain much there it is often overcast or foggy. We hit the peak flowering time too ;-)

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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Magical place! Every shot is great, love those landscapes as well as the plants, lucky that you got some sun. Like Lori I love too many to single them out easily, but like Rick, I did love the Drabas, the inflated Silenes- of course the dandelion! the poppies are great too.

Did you have a botanist/local expert along for id's and locations? Are accomodations and food expensive there? I guess everything has to be brought in from the mainland, which is a long trip?

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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Thank you, Cohan ;-)

Yes we had experts with us and the two who organised the trip had done very good research.  Where we could go depended very much on weather conditions but the weather was very good so we could visit the preferred places. The flora of Svalbard isn't very rich so except Drabas and Potentillas I recognised almost all showy flowering plants. Some of us were very interested in grasses and sedges and that is a different matter - not for me!

The food and accommodations are as expensive as or maybe a little cheaper than elsewhere in Norway as the taxes and fees are lower than on the mainland. The town of Longyearbyen has about 2000 inhabitants and a lot of tourists all year and regular flights to the mainland every day. A lot of ships frequent the harbour - both cruise ships and freighters.

The town also has all the necessary stores - you can even by a car if you want.

The flight from Oslo to Tromsø takes about 1h50min depending on weather, and then about the same time from Tromsø to Longyearbyen.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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It seems to me in this kind of place, although there are not a huge number of species, there is a disproportionate number of appealing species- at least if you like small, low plants, which is exactly what I like! And there are no trees or other big common plants to get in the way ;) So 200 seems pretty good :) though I imagine that includes a lot of grasses and sedges? I do like grasses and sedges a lot too, though I haven't made much progress naming the many that occur here; really small ones- that stay small- suitable for the rock garden would be very welcome!

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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Yes, 200 species including grasses etc (all vascular plants).

Here are some of the non-flowering plants:

 

A lichen (possibly a Xanthoria EDIT: Xanthoria elegans)

 

Two unknown mosses EDIT: Not unknown anymore: 1) Splachnum vasculosum 2) Bryum cryophilum

 

 

A horsetail (Equisetum arvense ssp alpestre) and black cottongrass (Eriophorum triste)

 

 

 

Erosion of the coast                                 River delta (Sassendalen)

 

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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Some not so showy flowering plants:

Koenigia islandica                                    Micranthes hieracifolia

 

 

A little more showy:

Oxyria digyna                                            Saxifraga hirculus

 

 

 

And some geology: taluses on Tempelfjellet

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Vaxvick
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Belated thanks for posting these wonderful photos, Trond. ( I was speechless with envy.  )   So interesting to see the unique plants as well as the circumpolar species that we see in Canada's north.

Was the trip organized for professional botanists or was it open to amateurs?  Apart from our club meetings it's hard to get 30 plant enthusiasts together, let alone for an extensive trip.

Linda

Linda Vaxvick in Calgary, Alberta

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Thanks, Linda!

The trip was for everyone interested and all members of some of the chapters of the Norwegian Botanical Society were invited. The aim was to get at least 10 participants (to fill one boat). We needed 3 boats!

Summer trips are arranged every year, both inland and to Sweden.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Susann
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Trond, really nice and interesting pictures. I brought a flora, " La flora de la tundra de Sierra Nevada",  to Sierra Nevada. It tells a lot about all the species that are growing both in Svalbard and southern Spain. I don´t recognize have seeing any of the species you are showing, though.

 

 

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