A Long-tailed Skua sitting on my head.

When I went in 1999 for the first time to Spitsbergen, I had no way of knowing that I would get addicted to the area. Now its 2008 and I’ve been back every summer, except for the summer of 2006. The first three seasons and the one of 2006 I went as a Barnacle Goose researcher, the other summers as a guide for Oceanwide Expeditions. Most of the research I did in Ny Ålesund, Kongsfjord. In this area I learned quite a lot about the different birds, mammals, plants and the ecology of the area. Kongsfjorden is a great area and it was really nice to see the area up close in different years. In 2001 I was asked to become a guide on an expedition cruise ship around the archipelago. This gave me the opportunity to use my knowledge and share my enthusiasm for the area with others. And I could explore the other parts of the islands and see the remote east. After this year I returned almost every year as a tour guide.

On this website I try to give information about the area, what you can do there, what you can see or find.

If you have any questions, feel free to sent me an e-mail


2 Comments on “About”

  1. Johan Annys
    November 17, 2011 at 13:49 #

    Hallo Arjen,

    Heb je ervaring met trektochten in Spitsbergen.
    Ik plan met een groep vrienden een route vanuit Longyearbyen naar de oostkust en terug. Al gedaan?

    • November 17, 2011 at 13:52 #


      Misschien is dit handiger om via een e-mail te doen. Maar ja, ik heb ook wel wandeltochten begeleid, maar alleen dagtochten (evt. vanuit een basiskamp). Je wilt richting Aghardbukta neem ik aan dan? Heb ik nooit gedaan, maar ken wel mensen die hem gedaan hebben.

      Groeten, Arjen

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