The R/V Helmer Hanssen made it back to Longyearbyen yesterday. We left Rijpfjorden, with a scheduled stop in Smeerenburg. After departing Smeerenburg, we encountered the roughest seas of the cruise. At some point, the boat was traveling as slow as 2 knots. It was a bumpy ride, but we all made it back safe and sound.
Because the internet connection north of Svalbard can be quite spotty, we will now start posting what we have been doing the past week. There are still samples to process and data to analyze, but we hope that you get a feel for the type of research objectives we conducted during our polar night cruise.
-Erin Kunisch (PhD candidate, UiT)