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East coast: Markhambreen & Kvalvågen – 08th July 2019

Finally we have left the west coast behind – as beautiful as it is there! But now on to something different. Wild and rough, somehow more arctic. It is not a gentle landscape here in the east. Almost hostile, this coast of steep rock cliffs and glaciers.

But now the weather is on our side, at least for today. The south cape was calm last night, and now it is calm here in Storfjord. We make use of the rare opportunity to have a close look at Markhambreen. One of those glaciers on the east coast that has retreated in recent years to give way to a beach and a little bay. Just as Crollbreen and Emil’janovbreen further north. But to our surprise we found that even more recently Markhambreen has advanced again, so there is no bay anymore! Luckily it was calm enough to land on the outer, exposed side of the beach. The ice cliff that is now resting on the landward side of that beach is pretty wild and crevassed, with a little push end moraine towards the beach.

Gallery – East coast: Markhambreen & Kvalvågen – 08th July 2019

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A few hours later we went ashore at Boltodden in the large bay of Kvalvågen. A fascinating coastal landscape with huge blocks of quarzitic sandstone, and of course the geological highlight, the dinosaur footprints!

We made some walks along the coast, into a silent valley and up to some mountain peaks with stunning views to dive deeper into this amazing, high-arctic environment. Dinner just had to wait a while today …

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