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Daily Archives: 21. August 2014 − News & Stories


Gui­de breaks leg on Sar­ko­fa­gen

Not just in win­ter the gla­ciers and moun­tains sur­roun­ding Lon­gye­ar­by­en (some known for their crev­as­ses) pose dan­ger. Also in sum­mer it is very important to pay clo­se atten­ti­on; for examp­le, to the part­ly steep and rocky sub­sur­face tun­neled by melt water.

Just recent­ly when descen­ting (from) the Sar­ko­fa­gen (which is situa­ted at the west­side of the Lars­breen/Lars-Gla­cier), a 21 year old nor­we­gi­an gui­de bro­ke her leg. Becau­se the­re was no cell­p­ho­ne ser­vice avail­ab­le at the site of the acci­dent, mem­bers of the group had to hike back up the moun­tain to call for help by informing the Sys­sel­man. The hurt tour gui­de and her ent­i­re group of tou­rist from various nati­ons were then flown out to Lon­gye­ar­by­en, whe­re she got a cast at the local hos­pi­tal and was later trans­por­ted to Trom­sø.

Sakro­fa­gen (on the left hand side) view from Lars-Gla­cier

Larsbreen-mit-Sakrofagen

Source: Sval­bard­pos­ten

Again explo­si­ves have been found

As last year explo­si­ves of he Word War II have been found arround Lon­gye­ar­by­en this time on the moun­tain Pla­tå­ber­get. Due to the fin­ding traf­fic in the area is ban­ned. The gre­na­de could been deac­ti­va­ted.

Pla­tåf­jel­let

Platafjellet

Source: Sys­sel­mann

Eidem­buk­ta

Last night we sai­led down For­landsund, hea­ding for Prins Karls For­land, but the wind was so strong that the anchor didn’t real­ly hold, so we deci­ded to go for Eidem­buk­ta ins­tead, hoping for bet­ter shel­ter the­re. Which worked well. After all the­se miles and mane­ouvres, I went to sleep after 5 am. It may have to do with that if I am a bit tired now. Almost a bit sad, or melan­cho­lic. West Coast Blues. The trip is com­ing to an end, the­re is no way around it. Ever­y­bo­dy has grown into a tight group now, knowing each other, the rou­ti­nes are all working well, we could so easi­ly con­ti­nue for ano­t­her week or two. But zivi­li­sa­ti­on is not far any­mo­re. Dates, flights, busi­ness, fami­ly … are all deman­ding their rights.

But we are not the­re yet. First, we spend a pre­cious cou­p­le of hours on the west coast tun­dra again. After all the ice and cold of the far north, the rocky land­s­capes of the nor­thwest and the migh­ty gla­ciers of Krossfjord, you might almost feel at home here. This land­s­cape is not so har­sh, not so inhos­pi­ta­ble, almost invi­t­ing. Well, in com­pa­ri­son.

Click on thumb­nail to open an enlar­ged ver­si­on of the spe­ci­fic pho­to.

I have been in Eidem­buk­ta just a few weeks ago, in ear­ly June. It feels like ages ago! Back then, we had snow down to sea level. Almost the who­le, wide-open coas­tal tun­dra plain was white, whe­re autumn colours are stret­ching now bet­ween the sea and the moun­tains and gla­ciers. No trace of snow any­mo­re today. Back then, almost every snow-free tun­dra patch was occu­p­ied by geese, now the­re is just a group of fema­le com­mon eiders paddling in the bay, the stress of the bree­ding sea­son is alrea­dy histo­ry for them. The world has chan­ged incredi­b­ly quick­ly, wit­hin less than 7 weeks! The arc­tic sum­mer is com­ing and going so quick­ly.

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