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Author Archives: Rolf Stange

Der Seitenbetreiber, Autor, Verlagschef und Polar-Guide Rolf Stange schreibt über spannende Themen rund um Spitzbergen und die Arktis.

Guidebook Spitzbergen-Svalbard: new German edition out now

The guidebook Spitsbergen-Svalbard, available in English, Norwegian and German, is the most comprehensive Spitsbergen book available. It is used by tourists as well as professional guides and expedition leaders, who often refer to it as the “Spitsbergen bible”. A wording … Continue reading

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault: online-tour in 360 degree panorama format

Most people will never have the chance to visit the famous Svalbard Global Seed Vault beyond a glimpse of the entrance from outside. Colloquially also known as “doomsday vault”, it is used since 2008 to store seeds of food crops … Continue reading

Sun in Barentsburg and sand storm in Adventfjord – 20 September 2018

Yet another beautiful, sunny day! We just keep enjoying. More about „calm“ later. Some of us have a bit of a slow start into the day, but after breakfast we take off to explore Barentsburg. With some minor adjustments of … Continue reading

Forlandsund: Hermansenøya & Daudmannsøyra – 19 September 2018

Yet another beautiful, calm, sunny day! One can only wonder and enjoy. The little island of Hermansenøya is lying in the middle of Forlandsund. Wherever the eye wanders there is beauty, both far away, such as the mountains and glaciers … Continue reading

Raudfjord – Fuglefjord – Kobbefjord – 18 September 2018

It is hard to believe, but the weather remains faultlessly beautiful. Hardly a cloud in the sky, gentle frost in the morning, no wind worth mentioning. It is time to stretch legs a bit. Solanderfjellet is tempting with stunning views … Continue reading

Liefdefjord & Woodfjord – 17 September 2018

The weather is almost scary. Blue sky, cold, clear air. The further we sail into Liefdefjord, the more ice is drifting on the water. We cruise slowly between the smaller bergy bits and larger icebergs. The mountains and glaciers are … Continue reading

Moffen & Woodfjord – 16 September 2018

The weather stays on our side, the sun is shining through the thin clouds and, even more important, the sea is almost flat like a mirror as we set course for Moffen in the early morning. Not too much later … Continue reading

Murchisonfjord & Sorgfjord – 15 September 2018

There must have been hundreds of Russian crosses in Spitsbergen centuries ago, built by the Pomors near their hunting stations. Nowadays there are only two of them left and still standing, both on little islands in Murchisonfjord. One of them … Continue reading

Murchisonfjord – 14 September 2018

A reasonably calm night under sail brings uns far east to Nordaustland, as far as Murchisonfjord. A thin layer of fresh snow is a clear sign of the summer fighting a lost battle in these latitudes, the thermometre does hardly … Continue reading

From Smeerenburg to Hamiltonbukta – 13 September 2018

A lovely bit of sailing takes us up to Smeerenburgfjord during the night. Smeerenburg gives us a friendly welcome with fine landing conditions. Walrusses, Dutch 17th century whaling, polar foxes and the beautiful scenery make the morning. Walrusses, Smeerenburg As … Continue reading

Isfjord – 11 September 2018

It was high time to take off again, to get water under the keel and wind around the masts! We got a good bit of both as we went on board SV Antigua today. There was a fair breeze blowing … Continue reading

Polar bear family in Bjørndalen near Longyearbyen

Today (Monday, 10 September), a polar bear family was seen near Vestpynten, not far from the airport and campsite at Longyearbyen. It was a female bear with two first-year cubs, probably the same polar bears that were seen on Saturday … Continue reading

The Spitsbergen-Calendar 2019 is available

Our already almost traditional Spitsbergen-calender ist now available for 2019. It is available as before in the bigger A3 format (beautiful on the wall) and the smaller A5 (great for example on the table or on the wall where not … Continue reading

Job market in Longyearbyen growing in spite of reduction in coal mining

The great fear of a collapse of the job market in Longyearbyen after the significant reduction of coal mining, especially in Sveagruva, did not become reality so far. This is indicated by the latest statistics of the Statistik Sentralbyrå, the … Continue reading

Guidebook “Spitzbergen-Svalbard”: next edition soon available

The first edition of my guidebook Spitzbergen-Svalbard came out in German in 2007, followed by the first Englisch edition Spitsbergen-Svalbard in 2008 and the first Norwegian edition Svalbard – Norge nærmest Nordpolen in 2017. The German version soon became popular … Continue reading

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