A Swedish woman living near the North Pole explained in detail how she and her boyfriend are preparing for the long harsh winter in one of the northernmost inhabited regions of the world.
Six years ago Cecilia Blomdahl, 31, moved to Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago just south of the North Pole. The location is so far north that it experiences 24-hour darkness from late October to early March, a phenomenon known as polar night.
“We only have a few days left before polar night and it sounds crazy, but it’s the truth,” she said in the latest video on her YouTube channel, noting that it was 10 degrees Fahrenheit outside. this morning.
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Candid: Cecilia Blomdahl, from Sweden, 31, lives in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago just south of the North Pole, and documents her life in the Arctic
Say goodbye to sunsets: the location is so far north it experiences 24-hour darkness from late October to early March, a phenomenon known as polar night
“It’s a little chilly, but of course I’m going to say it’s so beautiful,” she added as she was outside with her dog, a Finnish Lapphund named Grim.
Blomdahl shares a cabin with her boyfriend in Svalbard, but they have spent the summer enjoying the panoramic views from their boat.
The couple visited Pyramiden, the abandoned Soviet ghost town, and took a few “refreshing” dives in the Arctic Ocean – which at the time was a chilly 36 degrees Fahrenheit.
“We spent many nights anchored in front of huge ice fronts and were able to share space with some of the many arctic inhabitants,” she said. “And many, many, many cups of coffee were shared with the breathtaking views in the background.
“But I’m not sad that this time of year is over. I feel happy. I am ready for the darkness of the polar night and all the beauty it brings, “she added.” I am ready to give my mind a much needed rest from the endless incredible landscapes we are witnessing here.
Behind the scenes: In her latest YouTube video, the social media star showed how she and her boyfriend are preparing for winter
Travel: The couple spent the summer on their boat and visited Pyramiden, the abandoned Soviet ghost town
Summer fun: Blomdahl also took a few “refreshing” dives in the Arctic Ocean, which at the time was chilly 36 degrees Fahrenheit.
“It just puts my creative scenes on load. But the end is the start of something new, and I’m very excited.
As part of their winter preparations, Blomdahl and her boyfriend had to pull their boat out of the water and park it ashore at the marina.
“One thing I really love about Svalbard is that all the seasons are so different,” she said. “After four long months of midnight sun and incredible boating experiences, we are docking our boat for the winter and getting ready to start an exciting new season full of activities.”
The video included a stunning view of Svalbard as Blomdahl and her boyfriend made their way to the marina where their boat was moored
“This is where everyone puts their boats out on their trailers like that, and they will be there all winter,” she explained, gesturing to the row of boats ashore.
Line-up: As part of their winter preparations, Blomdahl and her boyfriend had to pull their boat out of the water and park it ashore at the marina
Getting ready: Blomdahl filmed her boyfriend using a ladder to get on their boat to remove their duvet covers, towels and other items they used during the summer
“So now we have to get everything out of our boats, like the quilts. We have food there and a lot of other things that we have had during the season.
Blomdahl filmed her boyfriend using a ladder to get on their boat, admitting she wasn’t going to get on it.
Her boyfriend took out their duvet covers, towels and whatever needed to be taken off the boat for the season, and she put them in the back of their vehicle.
They pay around US $ 500 to have their boat in the marina each year, and parking it ashore is free. The only heated garage in the area is reserved for boats being repaired, and it only fits about four to eight boats.
“It’s not the most ideal place to have a boat in the winter, but we don’t have options here,” she explained.
Teamwork: YouTuber’s boyfriend handed her the items that needed to be removed and she carried them to their vehicle
Tasks: Blomdahl said they plan to wash everything that day to get it over with
More steps: Her boyfriend also explained that they have to flush the boat’s engine with ethylene glycol to keep it from freezing
The couple also had to winterize the boat’s water circuits and engine by rinsing them with ethylene glycol, a synthetic liquid that absorbs water and is used to make antifreeze.
“If you don’t, the pipes will freeze… it’s not going to be good,” her boyfriend told her. “Then you have to take care of the toilet, of course. Take glycol in that one. And drain out all the water.
At the end of the video, they went to wash their duvet covers and towels from the boat, for them to do.
The day before Blomdahl posted the video to YouTube, she documented the last sunset of the year over Svalbard on TikTok, where she has 1.3 million followers.
“It’s official guys! This is the last sunset of the year, ”she said, filming the pink sky. “Today the sun rose at 12:26 pm and then set at 12:54 pm. Polar night has officially started.
Superb: The day before Blomdahl’s YouTube video went live, she documented the last sunset of the year over Svalbard on TikTok, where she has 1.3 million followers
Wow: “The next time we see the sun is in March,” she shared. ‘By mid-November, every day will be in the dark 24/7’
Delighted: Blomdahl said she looks forward to the unbroken darkness while sharing her appreciation for the winter season
“The next time we see the sun is in March,” she added. “By mid-November, everyday will be in the dark 24/7.”
While the unbroken darkness would be a nightmare for most people, Blomdahl said she can’t wait to put on her winter clothes, see the Northern Lights and have a pleasant day in her cabin.
“Who’s excited? Me!’ she said.
The TikTok has become one of his most popular videos with over 6.1 million views in just a few days.
Blomdahl has become a real TikTok star thanks to the popularity of his educational videos about his life in Svalbard.
In 2020, footage of her walking around in the dark in the middle of the afternoon went viral and was viewed 8.9 million times.