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Larsbreen is close to Longyearbyen, kind of a city park in a wider sense, a popular area for skiing. As soon as you start to climb up, not far from Nybyen, you have the arctic silence all around you, as Larsbreen is a snow mobile free area.

As most glaciers, Larsbreen is also changing. The ascent is different than it used to be. We climbed up through the central meltwater channel, something that provided a very interesting landscape experience. A little canyon cut into the glacier, with various moraine deposits nicely visible in the glacier ice. A cross section within an active glacier, how often do you get that?

Higher up, the glacier is getting wider, and next to it, there is Trollsteinen, offering a lovely view over central Nordenskiöld Land. With a nicely developed Halo as a crown, kind of a rainbow, but based on ice crystals rather than water droplets.

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Good downhill skiing, followed finally by a visit to Coal Miners’s Grill, the new feeding place in Nybyen. What else could you ask for from a good day in the Arctic ☺

last modification: 2015-05-24 · copyright: Rolf Stange