The vault is located 160 m above the sea level on the slope of the mountain. Considering its wonderful surroundings, we want to take pictures from above the hill (which is already 500 meters above sea level).
This is how we decide to take our car to follow the only road that seems to go to our goal.
Unfortunately, we are rapidly stopped by a fence crossing the road with cameras, digicode and big « No Trespassing » warnings. After a few hesitations, we decide to try to pass that gate which we eventually achieve thanks to Carole’s tenacity (yep, she rang the bell 5 times to explain what we wanted to do)… and 10 minutes later, after driving a very steep snowy road to the top, we understand why the road was blocked… We have just entered the Svalbard Satellite ground station area.
The view is just incredible: dozens of white bubbles dropped on the frozen plateau surrounded by a pink-blue clear end-of-afternoon sky. It is unreal.
Right after, we stop at the main building we called a few minutes to talk to the staff and explain the reason of our presence before giving our IDs and kindly asking them if they would allow us to take some photos from the edge of the hill.
A few minutes later, with an official authorization, we drive between the white bubble antennas until the road ends.