All the spring snow had determined life in Ny-Ålesund. But finally, the snowscooters have been put away by now. The snow surface has become wet and many meltwater streams cross the flat areas. Especially at southern slopes and within the village the snow cover has completely disappeared. Grass, moss and lichens have shown up and spotted the dark ground. In the village, bicycles have become the means of transportation and for traveling to further regions one of the many boats in the harbour are used now.
With the melt season the scientific focus has changed from glaciers and atmosphere towards biology. Max Schwanitz has arrived with his dive team and with them also many biologists from the Alfred-Wegener-Institute and the University of Bremen. They are interested in plankton and macro algae in the Kongsfjord.
All inhabitants are in preparation for the Solfest this Saturday, 20th of June – Summer has returned.