The 12 members of the Longyearbyen Eclipse 2015–The Solar Wind Sherpas–met up at the Oslo airport in Norway on Sunday March 15th, 2015. Several team members met up in Munich, Germany before heading to Oslo. Two of our members arrived directly from Aberystwyth. We had a long layover in Oslo, during which time the weather in Longyearbyen got really bad. Due to 60 knot winds at the airport, our flight was cancelled. Thankfully, we were given rooms at the Radisson Blu (right by the airport) so we could sleep comfortably before starting our adventure anew.
It was a gorgeous morning in Svalbard – bright and clear and exactly what we hope to see on eclipse day. After breakfast, the entire team met up and headed to UNIS where the polar bear guard picked up their rifle and flare gun. We then all headed to the old observatory where we were introduced to the working area. Thankfully, Shadia had made two scouting trips over the previous two years and had found this excellent location for observing.