Royal visit

Royal visit

Top image: The royal couple together with UNIS director Ole Misund and professor Hanne H. Christiansen. Photo: Eva Therese Jenssen / UNIS

HRH Crown Prince Haakon and HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway visited UNIS students out in the field yesterday on the Longyearbreen glacier. They also got a guided tour inside an ice cave inside the glacier.

22 April 2015
Text and photos: Eva Therese Jenssen /UNIS

Up on the Longyearbreen glacier a few kilometres outside town they met with students in the master/PhD course “Permafrost and Periglacial Environments” and got to hear more about what the students learn and why they had chosen to come to UNIS.

Royal visit at Longyearbreen April 2015.

The Royal couple met with the students in the permafrost and periglacial environment course.

The royal couple also got a guided tour inside an ice cave in the glacier. The guides, UNIS master student Silje Smith Johnsen and UNIS adjunct professor Ole Humlum, gave an introduction to glaciology and in particular the glacial history of Longyearbreen, which is several thousands’ year old.

The Royals were very satisfied with the visit and enjoyed meeting the students out in their field environment.

The Royal couple enter the ice cave accompanied by UNIS master student Silje Smith Johnsen.

The Royal couple enter the ice cave accompanied by UNIS master student Silje Smith Johnsen.

 

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