Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Netherlands Arctic Station, Ny-Ålesund

I like coming back from a long vacation to find my mailbox stuffed with mail. Unfortunately this time it was mostly bills and junk mail, except for this one. I sent this to the Netherlands Arctic Station late last summer and when the station was opened this past June my request to have this cover returned to me was finally answered.

All philatelic mail returned from the station gets the "Barnacle Goose" cachet that was applied to this envelope. It was also signed by researchers Nico van den Brink and Martine van den Heuvel-Greve and base leader Maarten Loonen. I wish I had sent a bigger envelope. Next time.

The station website has lots of information about this tiny research base and the team that supports it. Dr. Loonen keeps the site updated with photos and videos about their research and Ny-Ålesund. A very informative site. And while looking through his blog I came across an entry that mentions preparing philatelic mail at the Ny-Ålesund post office. You can even see my cover in the image on the left side of the counter.

1 comment:

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