Cecilia aka @Sejsejlija made the brave move to an remote island.
She´s a great photographer, an adventurous exlplorer with the love for traveling and nature.
I newly did a short interview with Cecila, talking about the life as an explorer on Svalbard, her love for photography and drone flying.
Svalbard – Cabin life – Drones – Pink Skies.
Copyright Cecilia Blomdahl
Where did you grow up?
– I’m from Gothenburg, Sweden, where I spent most of my childhood years. At the age of 11 our family moved to Ireland for a couple of years and I find that to be a big part of my growing up and I will always consider it one of my homes.
Where do you live now, and what made you move there?
Please tell us a little more about the Arctic Life?
– Arctic life on Svalbard really is very different to other places. We are only about 2200 people living in Longyearbyen so it is a very small town, both in population and size. Our seasons are all very extreme, in the winter we have our polar night with 24/7 darkness for 2.5 months, then we move into “pastel winter” with temperatures in the -30C. The pastel colours fade away and Svalbard turns into a crisp, cold, winter wonderland and the snowmobile season begins. This then turns into the midnight sun period where the sun is up 24/7 for a few months.
What is your biggest passion?
Do you often see a lot of wild animals while living in the Arctics?
– Definitely! I see polar foxes everyday, all year round! In the summer I spend a lot of time fishing and going on different cabin trips by boat and out on the fjord you very often come across whales, seals, walruses, puffins and more. During my time on the island I have seen many Polar Bears, but we don’t see them as often as people would think we do. It’s illegal on Svalbard to seek out, or go looking for Polar Bears, so if you have the opportunity to see one it is by chance.
Best/ worst part of living out in the wild ?
Describe a normal day in the life of Cecila?
Any good tips for getting comfy out in the cold nature? How do you dress while out shooting in the cold weather?
What is the most beautiful place you´ve been to?
If you could choose, where would you like to wake up tomorrow?
What is your biggest inspiration?
What gear do you use?
All images captured by Cecilia Blomdahl.
Copyright Cecilia Blomdahl.