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Chermsi­deøya-Fran­klin­sund – 16th August 2022

It was about time to get back to Hin­lo­pen Strait. After a morning walk on Chermsi­deøya, we pas­sed Bren­ne­v­insfjord and Lady Fran­klin­fjord and ent­e­red Fran­klin­sund. Most­ly known as a dan­ge­rous water­way, it can actual­ly have its plea­sant sides at least if you mana­ge to find a sui­ta­ble land site that works even when it is win­dy as it was by then.

Gal­le­ry – Chermsi­deøya-Fran­klin­sund – 16th August 2022

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Orvin Land: Glen­hal­vøya. Alpi­niøya, Alber­ti­ni­buk­ta – 15th August 2022

Orvin Land … ever heard of that? The end of the world, the eas­tern part of Nord­aus­t­land (North East Land). Whe­re the land disap­pears under the ice.

The Swe­dish Ymer-Expe­di­ti­on built a hut on Glen­hal­vøya in 1980, so sci­en­tists could spend some time the­re. In 2001, Hein­rich Eggen­fell­ner, owner and skip­per of our ship Arc­ti­ca II, was the­re with Ste­fa­no Poli, foun­der of the North Pole Expe­di­ti­on Muse­um in Lon­gye­ar­by­en. They went the­re by Zodiac, ama­zin­gly. In 2015, the Sys­sel­man­nen was the­re for an inspec­tion. And now we were the­re. A lone­so­me place.

You may have heard of Alpi­niøya. Sjef van Don­gen and Gen­na­ro Sora left a depot with some equip­ment the­re during their search for Nobi­le in 1928. We didn’t find any of it. Nevertheless, a stun­ning place.

As if this hadn’t been enough, we spent the evening at the huge gla­cier Schwei­gaar­d­breen in Alber­ti­ni­buk­ta. A breath­ta­king place!

Gal­le­ry – Orvin Land: Glen­hal­vøya. Alpi­niøya, Alber­ti­ni­buk­ta – 15th August 2022

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Duve­fjord – 14th August 2022

This „right place, right time“ thing still app­lies to us here on the north side of Nord­aus­t­land. Stun­ning wea­ther in Duve­fjord. Which has qui­te a cou­p­le of side bays, and we went and had a look at some of them, hiking from one over to the next one. Ama­zing land­s­capes, seen by very few peop­le, and waters that are rare­ly visi­ted by ships.

Gal­le­ry – Duve­fjord – 14th August 2022

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Rijpfjord-Duve­fjord – 13th August 2022


Gal­le­ry – Rijpfjord-Duve­fjord – 13th August 2022

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Nord­aus­t­land – 12th August 2022

After a bit of a grey day yes­ter­day – we could watch a polar bear on a small island disap­pearing in the fog – it clea­red up today. The wea­ther was on our side again, and it was to remain so for several days. We were (and still are) clear­ly in the right area on the right time. Good stuff!

That is also the simp­le rea­son why the­re was just no time for blog wri­ting. I need to catch up a bit now.

We spent that Fri­day (12th August) on the north side of Nord­aus­t­land, in Nor­dens­kiöld­buk­ta and in Rijpfjord. Stun­nin­gly beau­ti­ful sce­ne­ry, bar­ren, of a high arc­tic, strong cha­rac­ter, not seen by many peo­p­les’ eyes. The­re are inde­ed pla­ces whe­re you can think that you might inde­ed be the first per­son the­re. Of cour­se that is impos­si­ble to tell for sure, and qui­te likely at least some geo­lo­gists have been the­re, they have been all over the place. But still, just the fact that the thought as such isn’t com­ple­te­ly non­sen­se is ama­zing, in the year 2022.

I lea­ve it up to the pic­tures to tell the rest of the sto­ry of this day.

Gal­le­ry – Nord­aus­t­land – 12th August 2022

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Fur­thest north – 11th August 2022

A wea­ther fore­cast that was qui­te bad espe­cial­ly for the nor­thwes­tern part of Spits­ber­gen made us move away from that area quick­ly, and a long night of sai­ling (moto­ring, actual­ly) took us to Sjuøya­ne, the nort­hern­most islands of Sval­bard. We pas­sed by Wal­denøya in wind and fog, but reached Phipp­søya not much later and could make a lan­ding the­re.


Nor­thwest Spits­ber­gen – 10th August 2022

Nord­vesth­jør­nest av Spits­ber­gen er et vel­dig vak­kert og variert områ­de, med man­ge spen­nen­de steder som man kan besø­ke. Været var litt grått men ellers fullt på vår side, og der­med ble det en vel­dig opp­le­vel­ses­rik dag. Vi begy­n­te med en flott fot­tur på Dans­køya og så besøk­te vi noen hval­ros­ser på Ams­ter­damøya, ved siden av gam­le spek­kov­ner fra hval­fangst­tiden i Smee­ren­burg. Så til­ba­ke til Dans­køya. Det var en del stein­kob­be der på fjæ­restei­ne­ne, og ikke langt der­fra lig­ger fort­satt kul­tur­min­ner fra Andrée og Well­man sine nord­pol­fer­der i Virgo­ham­na. På turen vide­re nordover gjor­de vi en avs­tik­ker inn i den utro­lig vak­re Fuglefjor­den. For en flott dag!

Gal­le­ry – Nor­thwest Spits­ber­gen – 10th August 2022

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Engelskbuk­ta, Ny-Åle­sund – 09th August 2022

Engelskbuk­ta gave us beau­ti­ful sce­nic views des­pi­te the low clouds.

Later, we reached Ny-Åle­sund.

A lot could be writ­ten about the many beau­ti­ful impres­si­ons of this day, but it is late now …

Gal­le­ry – Engelskbuk­ta, Ny-Åle­sund – 09th August 2022

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Polar bear inci­dent in Ekmanfjord

Today (Wed­nes­day, 08th August), a per­son was inju­red and a polar bear kil­led during an acci­dent at Sve­a­ne­set in Ekmanfjord.

Not much is known so far in public, but a polar bear came into a camp with 25 French tou­rists. A woman recei­ved inju­ries to her arm, but her con­di­ti­ons appears not to be life threa­tening.

The polar bear was shot at during the event and it is now repor­ted dead.

Fur­ther details are not avail­ab­le at the moment.

Isfjord – 07th August 2022

We are off again, now with Arc­ti­ca II. Good stuff! Actual­ly, it doesn’t take much the­se days to make a start a good one: the trip actual­ly hap­pens, it starts as sche­du­led and with ever­y­bo­dy who is sup­po­sed to be here. That is enough to make us hap­py for now.

After a cou­p­le of hours we had reached Trygg­ham­na and took the oppor­tu­ni­ty for a first walk. To our ama­ze­ment, we find our­sel­ves wal­king in the fos­sil remains of a tro­pi­cal sea. Corals and other fos­sils ever­y­whe­re! But it is more than 300 mil­li­on years ago that they were ali­ve …

Gal­le­ry – Isfjord – 07th August 2022

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Spits­ber­gen with SV Anti­gua: Pho­tos & short online dia­ry

Last week we finis­hed the latest arc­tic voya­ge with SV Anti­gua in Spits­ber­gen. Now the­re are several pages with pho­to gal­le­ries and short nar­ra­ti­ons avail­ab­le to illus­tra­te this beau­ti­ful jour­ney. It is a pri­vi­le­ge to expe­ri­ence this and it is a plea­su­re to share it here with ever­y­bo­dy who might be curious – it was an ama­zing trip and it is cer­tain­ly worth having a look at the pic­tures. Click here to start.

Antigua, Magdalenefjord

Anti­gua in Mag­da­le­n­efjord, on a beau­ti­ful mid July evening.


P.S. if you pre­fer to expe­ri­ence Spits­ber­gen yourself (whon wouldn’t?), then you can join us in Sep­tem­ber becau­se a cabin on Anti­gua is avail­ab­le again after a can­cel­la­ti­on. Click here for more infor­ma­ti­on or get in touch, ide­al­ly direct­ly with Geo­gra­phi­sche Rei­se­ge­sell­schaft (Ger­man spea­king depar­tu­re, so you should at least be able to under­stand some Ger­man).

Sveagru­va: air con­nec­tion is histo­ry

In 2017, it was deci­ded that the for­mer coal mining sett­le­ment of Sveagru­va would be aban­do­ned and actual­ly most­ly phy­si­cal­ly clea­ned up and remo­ved. A mile­stone was reached recent­ly, on 01st August, when the final flight took off from Lon­gye­ar­by­en to Sveagru­va and back. This 20 minu­te air con­nec­tion has been the life­li­ne for Sveagru­va for deca­des, more than 40,000 flights are said to have been ope­ra­ted.

Aircraft, Sveagruva

Air­p­lai­ne on the run­way of Sveagru­va.

Now, the litt­le air­port of Sveagru­va will be remo­ved. About 70 peop­le will work on this and other parts of the cleanup pro­ject for the next cou­p­le of mon­ths. During this time, they will live not live in the for­mer sett­le­ment any­mo­re, but on sup­ply ships.

Next year, a small work for­ce of 8 is sche­du­led to do the last bits and pie­ces of the cleanup, accord­ing to Sval­bard­pos­ten.

The for­mer coal mining sett­le­ment of Sveagru­va, inclu­ding the mines of Lunck­ef­jel­let and Sveagru­va, is well docu­men­ted on this web­site (click here).


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