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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.

Krossfjord – 20th September 2017

Krossfjord is such a huge area with many side bays! As we do only have one day here, we have planned the day according to a rather strict schedule, just for the contrast, against our usual habits. We manage to … Continue reading

A morning full of worries, an afternoon full of joy – 19th September 2017

The morning started with a message that caused great concern. The Norwegian search and rescue service had received an emergency signal from a sailing boat that had came into trouble yesterday during the storm. Helicopters had searched the area already … Continue reading

Sailing boat lost and found

There have been strong winds up to storm force in northern Spitsbergen yesterday (Monday). Two smaller boats seem to have gotten into potentially serious difficulties. Emergency signals have been triggered and search and rescue forces are in the area with … Continue reading

Strong wind up to storm force in North Spitsbergen

There have been strong winds up to storm force in northern Spitsbergen yesterday (Monday – 2017/09/18). Two smaller boats seem to have gotten into potentially serious difficulties. Emergency signals have been triggered and search and rescue forces are in the … Continue reading

A lot of wind – 18th September 2017

According to the weather forecast, today should have been our day for a landing on Moffen. Little wind and hopefully calm seas. So we left Mushamna in the morning with high spirits and soon we set sails – this in … Continue reading

Woodfjord – 17th September 2017

The day starts with quite a bit of wind as we enter inner Woodfjord – but promising at the same time, with a lot of holes in the clouds, and the sun is breaking through. It is casting its light … Continue reading

Liefdefjord – 16th September 2017

We wake up to a golden sunrise in Liefdefjord and we enjoy the stunning scenery during some good hikes during the morning. The clouds are coming down later and there is even a little bit of rain as we drift … Continue reading

Northwest-Spitsbergen – 15th September 2017

A golden day in a classical area. Here in Smeerenburgfjord, where the whalers were suffering from harsh weather in their thin woolen clothes 400 years ago, we enjoy a brilliant day in calm, clear and even sunny weather. In Virgohamna, … Continue reading

Kongsfjord – 14th September 2017

The early morning view may have surprised some of us: civilisation! Ny-Ålesund, Spitsbergen’s northernmost settlement, with her various sights and excitements. Under the most beautiful september sun. Later, it is time to enjoy some first impressions of real arctic tundra. … Continue reading

Trygghamna – 13th September 2017

It is still quite windy, so we seek shelter in the innermost part of Trygghamna for our first landing. Still windy, but pretty calm water – and sunny! A lovely start in impressively scenic surroundings. Later, we see a polar … Continue reading

Isfjord – 12th September 2017

Today, we are starting with SV Antigua again! We are gathering on board for the first time in the afternoon, and after the usual welcome procedures and mandatory safety instructions, we leave the pier – under sails. The easterly breeze … Continue reading

1600 liters of diesel lost in Mimerdalen

1600 litres of diesel were lost on Friday during a helicopter flight in Mimerdalen near Pyramiden. The fuel was hanging under the helicopter to be transported to a station on a mountain west of Pyramiden operated by Longyearbyen airport for … Continue reading

Summer hiking route up to Larsbreen destroyed by landslide

The mountains and glaciers around Longyearbyen have a lot of great hiking opportunities. Right now it looks like there is one less: the western part of the moraine of Larsbreen, which is part of the popular summer route ascending Larsbreen … Continue reading

Pyramiden – 08th September 2017

It does not matter how much time you spend in Pyramiden, there are always some more hidden corners that you have not been to before. There is always something new to discover. Areas that had industrial functions during the days … Continue reading

The graveyard of Pyramiden – 07th September 2017

I have to admit that I had never been to the graveyard of Pyramiden before. So it was definitely time for a visit. It is a bit outside of the settlement, in the middle of the river plain in Mimerdalen. … Continue reading

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