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Jan May­en – Kval­ross­buk­ta – 20th June 2017

Clouds have been han­ging low most of the time around Kval­ross­buk­ta recent­ly. It is clea­ring up a bit towards the after­noon, and the moun­tain Kval­ros­sen is invi­t­ing for a litt­le hike. The lar­ge coas­tal stack Bri­el­le­tår­net is sup­po­sed to be simi­lar to a tower in the Dut­ch town of Bri­el­le. I am not sure about that, but I know that Bri­el­le­tår­net is a stun­ning land­s­cape gad­get on the outer side of Kval­ros­sen. We climb and play around the­re for a while. I also do not want to miss the oppor­tu­ni­ty for a climb up Kval­ros­sen its­elf, with nice views and the chan­ce to see puf­fins and ful­mars on their nests.

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

Time has been fly­ing. We have to think about depar­tu­re tomor­row. This last day on the island is nice­ly roun­ded off in good atmo­s­phe­re with a bon­fire on the beach.

Evacua­ti­on in Lon­gye­ar­by­en ended after four mon­ths

In mid-Febru­a­ry, an avalan­che from the moun­tain Suk­ker­top­pen hit houses in Lon­gye­ar­by­en and des­troy­ed two buil­dings. 92 house­holds were evacua­ted. The last inha­bi­tants in way 226 could now return to their houses on the wee­kend.

Whe­ther and for how long they can stay in their homes is still com­ple­te­ly unclear. Exten­si­ve secu­ri­ty mea­su­res are plan­ned to pro­tect the houses from avalan­ches. Howe­ver, several houses in the avalan­che area may have to be demo­lis­hed. Pro­bab­ly the resi­dents in way 226 can only use their houses during the sum­mer.

Place whe­re the avalan­che acci­dent occu­red

Lawinenunglück 21.02.2017

Source: Sval­bard­pos­ten

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