Sunday, 28 November 2010

skiing in 'mørketid'

Although the sun is now officially below the horizon, it doesn't mean that it is dark day and night. The days are very short, but we do get about 4-5 hours of daylight, often with beautiful diffuse light and colours. And with the cold temperatures and good snow, rather unusual for November, it is nice skiing at the moment as long as you time it well. Here some photos of a short ski trip up Lille Blåmann, close to Tromsø.

the sun is only just below the horizon
looking SSE over Balsfjorden
Kaldfjorden with Vengsøya in the distance
beautiful 'sunsets'

Sunday, 21 November 2010

fieldwork September-October

A selection of photos from a number of day and overnight trips doing fieldwork in Troms and Lofoten-Vesterålen.

2 beautiful and warm days on Senja

2 beautiful and warm days on Senja

sampling trip up Gammelgårdsfjellet on Ringvassøya

alterations in a brittle fault zone on Tussøya

nicely exposed fault plane on Vannøya


looking from Vannøya towards Helgøya

fault zone in Vesterålen

fault zone with faultgouge in Vesterålen

fault zone on Grytøya, north of Harstad

weekend in Kåfjord

The 'mørketid' (the dark period when the sun stays below the horizon) is about to start, so this is a good time to catch up with some blogging. The official mørketid in Tromsø lasts from 25. November to 17. January, but as the mountains in the south block the true horizon, we don't actually see the sun from 22. November to 20 January unless you climb a mountain. It is now proper winter here in Tromsø, with about 15 cm of snow, and we have been out skiing a few times (catching the last sun!) in the last 2 weeks. 

Here are some photos from a weekend back in July, one of the few sunny weekends we had this summer. The photos are from a hike to the end of the glacier Noammerjiehkki in the mountains around Kåfjord, about 80 km east of Tromsø.

the valley up from Trollvik

following the ridge to the end of the glacier

Tony showing his sheep-building skills

we reached the glacier Noammerjiehkki

flowers high up in between the rocks

glacier scratches

Saturday, 20 November 2010


I spend 4 weeks in Bergen in October/November, using the laboratory facilities at the University of Bergen to prepare my samples for fission track dating. First crushing the rock samples, then mineral separation, followed by embedding the separated apatite in epoxy, and finally polishing, cutting and etching the mounts. Four weeks with long days in the lab. But, halfway, I had a half day off and went for a beautiful hike up Fløyen and Blåmanen, one of the mountains overlooking Bergen. Sunshine, fresh snow, this was Bergen at its best.

shaking table

separating the heavy minerals

Bergen from the top of Fløibanen

A beautiful walk in fresh snow up on Fløyen

Looking from Blåmanen to Ulriken

Moving house

We have bought a house and will be moving at the end of this year. So far we have always rented a house or apartment, but unfortunately, the last and current rental property has been an uncomfortable experience. The house owners conveniently 'forgot' to tell us that the property was for sale when we signed the rental contract, but asked us if they could show the property to some prospective buyers 3 weeks after we moved in. Luckily for us the house market in this area has been pretty slow this year. I am looking forward moving in to our own house and not having to deal with landlords, at least not while we live in Tromsø.

Our new house is the white one

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Fieldtrip Mull - Thermo 2010 conference #2

'wild' goats on the beach
magmatic 'crossbedding' in gabbro
the rock nerd maze

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Fieldtrip Mull - Thermo 2010 conference


Iona abbey

Iona abbey




crossbedding in sandstone

kyanite replaced by andalusite

sediment lenses within the lower part of the Ross of Mull granite