We exited the tunnel today and headed to the base of the glacier where we will stay in a cabin while the ice oozes into the cavity. Ben and Pete will return to the tunnel to administer the pump tests while I will head back before then. The trip down the glacier was scenic and slow... I had too much in my pack but managed on wobbly knees. It is a remarkable feeling to get out of the tunnel, you suddenly are filled with the sights and sounds of living things. The glacier brings life to the valley below, from the flowers and the grass to the eagles above. The scenery is stunning. As we descend Ben and Pete tell me about the geology of the region, including the Boodinage or sausage link formations made of a band of quartz embedded in the schist. Ben finds a very interesting double recumbent fold in the fractured bed rock that once was covered by the Svartisen glacier. All around you see evidence of the glacier, the smooth boulders where it slid across, the deep gullies that likely hid a deep crevace, the wide moraine and of course the blue fractured tongue of what remains of the glacier. After a short two hour hike we reach the base and are surrounded by fields with sheep, seagulls, and other wildlife, there is moose poop everywhere. At the cabin I meet with Victor Jara a researcher from Kansas State who is preparing his instruments for a radar survey of the glacier. Later I settle in and go for a bike ride near the fjord. I have limited bandwidth here and will post pictures later....it is a paradise of scenic life and comfort.