These birds are not gulls, our guide informed us. She told us what they actually were, but all I remember is that they're not gulls.
Someone does actually live in that house, which is across the fjord from Longyearbyen. In the summer, they take a boat to town. In the winter, they take a snowmobile across the ice. In between, they have to take a snowmobile the long way around the fjord, a many, many hour journey when it's within sight of town.