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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.


A dark landscape, and dark weather. It fits nicely together, in a way. A Sunday morning on Barentsøya. We paid a visit to the local gospel choir, which produced an arctic symphony from thousand beaks with a lot of gusto. … Continue reading


Damn technology! Right now I start to enjoy writing for the blog, and of course the satellite phone based email stuff is breaking down. I could not send anything for days, and now it looks as if I can at … Continue reading


The idea was to find walrusses. And we had found them, on a flat peninsula, in the middle of the night. Dropped the anchor in a safe distance only to find out next morning that almost all of them had … Continue reading


Again, a day like a whole week. Actually far to much to digest it properly, that will come later. It started with 2 Fin whales feeding lazily around the ship at 6 o’clock in the morning, no more than 6 … Continue reading

Ice – Murchisonfjord

After the colourful tundra in northwestern Spitsbergen, the drift ice in the northeast is a completely different world. Hard and tough, you feel clearly, that we are not made for this world, we wouldn’t last too long here without warm … Continue reading


Already the first sunshine day. We are getting spoiled. High summer in the arctic! I may have mentioned it before, but: there is nothing more beautiful than such a day up here, just under 80 degrees. We have been out … Continue reading


There are these simply unbelievable days, when things just happen. Well, we can’t control nature anyway. This morning, I was quite curious what the day would bring, as it was really pretty windy. And, what happened? A lovely hike up … Continue reading


What a day, what a life! Bright sunshine and a clear blue sky in Raudfjord. A day like a postcard. A nice hike, not too much, just enough to make you feel that you have been out for a couple … Continue reading

The northwest

18th & 19th July, 2014 – Two days from Kongsfjord to Raudfjord, from the west coast to the north coast. Two days west coast weather (west coast weather …) with a lot of wind and rain. But that got us … Continue reading


The night had been a bit rougher than expected, but a piece of cake after my training between Iceland and Jan Mayen! Possible, however, that some on board may not agree with me on this 😉 but this was all … Continue reading

Arrival - Longyearbyen

(14th-16th July 2014) – The flight over southern Spitsbergen was just great. An almost cloud-free view over mountains, glaciers and fjords almost all the way from South Cape to Longyearbyen! After a day in Longyearbyen, including a little tour up … Continue reading


Half a day of real zivilisation. Geothermally heated water in public swimming pools, and yes, I did go to see the final. Together with half of Reykjavik and, as it felt like, about 2000 German tourists. Big open air screen. … Continue reading

Back to Iceland

(10th – 12th July 2014) − The crossing back to Iceland started in a very enjoyable way! The north Atlantic presented itself almost as calm as a lake for the first day, and the Aurora suddenly was a very pleasant … Continue reading

Kvalrossløpet & Olonkinbyen

Admittedly, I started the day a bit later than usual. The programme for today seemed set and relaxed, with a visit to the station finally set for the afternoon. That’s what I thought, at least. Then, things happened far too … Continue reading

The way back

Some of us decided after coming back down from Beerenberg to return to Kvalrossbukta the very same evening. As far as I was concerned, I was not keen on another 18 km for today and there is so much to … Continue reading

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