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The east coast – 14 August 2018

Spitsbergen’s east coast has, for good (or bad) reasons, a reputation of a certain inaccessibility, if you exclude Sabine Land with Agardhbukta, Dunérbukta and Mohnbukta, which can be reached relatively easily from Longyearbyen, especially in winter. But elsewhere it is difficult. Over land, it would require a long and very demanding, expedition-style trip, and from the sea, this rugged, uncharted coastline is not exactly inviting either.

Crollbreen

Crollbreen

Some wind had come up in Agardhbukta over night, no thought of any landing here now. Also further south, it did not really look promising, initially. It was not until we had almost reached Hambergbukta that we had ideal conditions to approach one of the many glaciers in that area. As it turned out, it had retreated a bit and exposed a shoreline composed of former moraine that now forms several lagoons, where a landing was easily possible, at least on a perfectly calm day like this! Completely young, fresh land, very virgin. I was wondering if anyone had ever set foot on this place before, which not too many years ago was still glacier-covered? Of course I don’t really know and one should be rather careful before actually claiming to be the first one anywhere in Spitsbergen. But at least the fact that the thought seems possible and actually quite reasonable is pretty amazing and rather attractive!

Crollbreen

Crollbreen

The glacier must actually have advanced a bit again quite recently, as it has pushed up a steep little moraine ridge, which had some pieces of young driftwood built in. Some of us got their crampons out to venture on a little glacier hike, exploring crevasses and whatever else one can find on a glacier. Some others went for a silent, little beach walk, going to one lagoon and then to the other and enjoying all the little and big things that you can find in nature in a plce like this. Discovering a new place, somewhere wild and remote, especially on the east coast of Spitsbergen, how good can life be? 🙂

Hedgehogfjellet

Hedgehogfjellet

Later, the sun delighted us with another beautiful, very red nearby-sunset.

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