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Negri­b­reen-Heley­sund – 02nd July 2017

A see­mingly lar­ge part of Negri­b­reen, Spitsbergen’s lar­gest gla­cier, came towards us alre­a­dy in nor­t­hern Storfjord, in shape of an end­less, den­se stri­pe of ice­bergs. Many, many miles of ice­bergs, small and lar­ge ones, the who­le evening.

We spent sun­day mor­ning at Negri­b­reen, with Zodiacs and crui­sing with Anti­gua. A see­mingly end­less ice cliff, which is very acti­ve in parts. A sec­tion of the gla­cier front is so crev­as­sed that the gla­cier is actual­ly fal­len apart. The ice cliff is up to 70 met­res high! Mea­su­red with radar and sex­tant.

Gal­lery – Negri­b­reen-Heley­sund – 02nd July 2017

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

We con­ti­nue through Heley­sund, which is sur­pri­sin­gly open, hence no pro­blem. The cur­rent is impres­si­ve. Tog­e­ther with the stun­ning sce­n­ery, this makes for an ama­zing pas­sa­ge. It is so beau­tiful that we take it three times, through Heley­sund and both chan­nels of Orm­ho­let. So final­ly we end up on the eas­tern side and enjoy the open drift ice the­re in the evening.



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last modification: 2017-07-04 · copyright: Rolf Stange