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Daily Archives: 28. March 2015 − News & Stories


Hiorthfjel­let

The­re are still sun­sets, still are a „nor­mal“ time, name­ly in the evening. The sun­sets are now incredi­b­ly quick­ly moving towards mid­ni­ght, noti­ce­ab­ly later every day, until they join the sun­ri­se to crea­te the mid­ni­ght sun.

The­re are just 2 mon­ths bet­ween polar night and mid­ni­ght sun. The polar day will chan­ge life com­ple­te­ly here, ani­mals and peop­le will sleep less, be more acti­ve, chan­ge their rhythm.

And of cour­se the light will chan­ge. For a few weeks, April will still bring blue and red colours during the night, but the­se will give way to the sun in May, which will then be well abo­ve the hori­zon 24 hours a day.

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

And this is why we are here now, in late March, some hund­red metres abo­ve Hior­th­hamn, at one of the most beau­ti­ful view points, enjoy­ing the views over Advent­fjord and Lon­gye­ar­by­en in the light of an evening sun­set. The­re won’t be many more until Sep­tem­ber.

Sas­senda­len

Sas­senda­len is one of Spitsbergen’s big­gest val­leys: 30 km long from Rabot­breen to Tem­pel­fjord and 5 km wide, it is making a strong impres­si­on of a very wide land­s­cape when you stand in the midd­le of it, whe­re a big meltwa­ter river is run­ning in the sum­mer.

But it is espe­cial­ly some of the smal­ler tri­bu­ta­ry val­leys that have sce­nic aspects which catch the eye of the obser­ver and the atten­ti­on of the pho­to­gra­pher. The fro­zen water­fall in Eskerda­len and the can­yon-like gor­ge in Bratt­li­da­len, whe­re you can touch the steep rock­walls on both sides at the same time in some pla­ces.

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

Fred­heim, the famous hut of the legen­da­ry hun­ter Hil­mar Nøis, is rea­dy to move. The three old buil­dings, inclu­ding the uni­que main buil­ding with two floo­rs, initi­al­ly built by Hil­mar Nøis in 1924 and regu­lar­ly used by him and his fami­ly until 1963, are threa­tened by coas­tal ero­si­on and would not have sur­vi­ved the next cou­p­le of years in their pre­sent posi­ti­on. Now they are stan­ding on hea­vy struc­tu­ral steel work, sta­bi­li­zed with woo­den beams and rea­dy to be pul­led up one ter­race on to safe ter­rain (this has been done suc­cess­ful­ly mean­while).

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