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Vel­komstpyn­ten – 4th July 2016

How often do you have the chan­ce to go ashore on the north coast of Spits­ber­gen? Not in a well shel­te­red bay or fjord, but on a shore which is neigh­bou­ring the North Pole? Not too often. And when you have the oppor­tu­ni­ty, you have to use it.

The wha­lers did so alrea­dy, loo­king out for wha­les and ice from the­se hills. Bro­ken pie­ces of clay pipes near an old, lar­ge cairn may well date back into the 17th cen­tu­ry. The land is still lar­ge­ly snow-cove­r­ed. Big snow­fiel­ds, wet, hea­vy snow. Best to make some detours to walk around them. So the kilo­me­tres are adding up quick­ly.

Pho­to Vel­komstpyn­ten – 4th July 2016

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The coas­tal rocks sepa­ra­ting small bays, the hills, the who­le coun­try – ever­ything is red. Desert sand, more than 350 mil­li­on years old. Ero­ded debris of a moun­tain ran­ge was­hed into the sea ages ago.

By the way, my new book is in print and it can now be orde­red 🙂 it is a pho­to book with the tit­le “Nor­we­gens ark­ti­scher Nor­den (1): Spitz­ber­gen – vom Polar­licht bis zur Mit­ter­nachts­son­ne”, with Ger­man text Click here for fur­ther details!

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