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Grønfjord-Cole­s­buk­ta

Natural and human history

Map: Grønfjord-Cole­s­buk­ta. Gene­ral This page is about the natu­ral and human histo­ry of the Grønfjord area and the Isfjord coast fur­ther east. The­re is a dedi­ca­ted page about Bar­ents­burg. In ear­lier times, Grønfjord was known as Green Har­bour. Both names mean the same. Grønfjord from abo­ve as a snow land­s­cape in March. Seen from the sche­du­led flight, view to the nor­thwest. But the area is, of cour­se, hea­vi­ly influ­en­ced by… Con­ti­nue rea­ding

It is lovely to return to the tun­dra after so much snow and ice fur­ther north. The­re is, of cour­se, still a lot of snow also at sea level here at the cen­tral west coast, but the snow-free patches of vege­ta­ti­on are get­ting lar­ger and lar­ger, to the delight of geese and rein­de­er, which are here in num­bers. We have even found some ear­ly flowers of the pur­p­le saxif­ra­ge! We are in Eidem­buk­ta and ven­ture out in three groups for a… Con­ti­nue rea­ding

Here, you will find some hints and ide­as regar­ding what you can do in Spits­ber­gen. Final­ly, it depends on your tas­te (and bank account…). You will also find links to tour ope­ra­tors in my link collec­tion. For more, detail­ed infor­ma­ti­on: the Gui­de­book Spits­ber­gen-Sval­bard Tours to most parts of the Sval­bard archi­pe­la­go need to be regis­tered at the Sys­sel­man­nen (gou­ver­nor of Sval­bard). If you book a tour, then the tour o… Con­ti­nue rea­ding

17th-19th August, 2016 – We made lar­ge steps back towards Isfjord, but not without an exten­si­ve stop in Bellsund. The­re, we star­ted with a rela­xed after­noon in the pan­ora­ma lounge of the Arc­ti­ca II, watching how wind, low clouds and rain tur­ned the arc­tic into some­thing very grey. Later that day, it clea­red up a bit and we went out for a walk in Recher­chefjord. Things got bet­ter next day when we went for a lon­ger hike in… Con­ti­nue rea­ding

Last night, we sai­led the west coast down to Hyt­tevi­ka, just north of Horn­sund. A calm ancho­ra­ge, what else would you want? Trap­per legends like Wan­ny Wold­stad and Odd Ivar Ruud all had their good rea­sons to make Hyt­tevi­ka their home for their arc­tic hun­ter lives. On a nice day like today, it is an arc­tic para­di­se. A cosy hut, hid­den behind quar­zi­te rocks. Rein­de­er on mos­sy tun­dra, screa­ming Litt­le auks high up on the sl… Con­ti­nue rea­ding

Several cases of rabies have been found near Lon­gye­ar­by­en wit­hin a week: First, the virus was found in a polar fox that had atta­cked a dog. A few days later, two rein­de­er which were appar­ent­ly part­ly para­ly­zed were shot and found to be infec­ted with rabies. As far as known, this is the first time the virus has infec­ted ano­t­her spe­ci­es bey­ond polar foxes in Spits­ber­gen. Rabies is a fatal dise­a­se also for humans, and the aut… Con­ti­nue rea­ding

Gene­ral: Bar­entsøya (‘Bar­ents-Island’). Land area appro­xi­mate­ly 1300 km2, 50 km long and wide. Named after Wil­lem Bar­ents, the ‘offi­cial’ dis­co­ve­rer of Spits­ber­gen. Bar­entsøya is very simi­lar to Edgeøya; tho­se two islands are sepa­ra­ted by the sce­nic Free­man­sund, which is only a few kilo­me­tres wide. Bar­entsøya is often sur­roun­ded by ice well into the sum­mer. Tog­e­ther with Edgeøya, it is part of the So… Con­ti­nue rea­ding

You don’t have to go far away. Light and sce­ne­ry, gre­at views and some wild­life – it is all here, clo­se to or even wit­hin Lon­gye­ar­by­en. No polar bears or wal­rus­ses, but tho­se endu­ring win­ter dwel­lers who can’t escape: rein­de­er and ptar­mi­gan. The lat­ter are well camou­fla­ged also in win­ter, with their white plu­mage, so you almost can’t see them in the snow when they put the head down to pick some seeds from the fro­zen tun… Con­ti­nue rea­ding

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. The­re is hard­ly a more lush tun­dra than here in the sou­the­ast, on Bar­entsøya and Edgeøya. You could pro­bab­ly keep sheep here. Someo­ne is alrea­dy doing it. The sheep have got ant­lers here.  Copy URL  gall… Con­ti­nue rea­ding

The trap­per sta­ti­on at Aus­t­fj­ord­ne­set in inner Wij­defjord may be ope­ned again for trap­pers in autumn 2014. Until 2 years ago, the sta­ti­on, which has a com­pa­ra­tively long histo­ry and is now owned by the Sys­sel­man­nen, was open for use for hun­ters who would stay at least one year to hunt main­ly polar fox and rein­de­er on a pro­fes­sio­nal basis. The sta­ti­on was then clo­sed for rea­sons that are some­what unclear. Initi­all… Con­ti­nue rea­ding

Mil­der win­ter wea­ther with rain ins­tead of snow is not­hing com­ple­te­ly new for polar are­as with a mari­ti­me cli­ma­te such as Spits­ber­gen, but the­re is more of it in times of cli­ma­te chan­ge, a ten­den­cy expec­ted to incre­a­se in the future. Rain that free­zes to ice on cold ground during an alrea­dy dif­fi­cult sea­son has always been dif­fi­cult for rein­de­er, and an incre­a­sed fre­quen­cy of such events will make their alrea… Con­ti­nue rea­ding

It is nice when Nor­we­gi­an aut­ho­ri­ties do some­thing use­ful, just for the chan­ge, such as char­ting the fjords here. Until recent­ly we thought that you can walk rather than sail in the inner­most part of Trygg­ham­na. Now it has sud­den­ly tur­ned into a lovely ancho­ra­ge for a calm night with a bril­li­ant gla­cier view, which could even get us out for a short mid­ni­ght walk at a time when most of us 12 here on board were actual­ly alr… Con­ti­nue rea­ding

A polar bear has been obser­ved roa­ming around near Lon­gye­ar­by­en for more than a week. Sin­ce 21st August, the bear has been seen in Hior­th­hamn, on the north side of Advent­fjord, a few kilo­me­tres away from Lon­gye­ar­by­en, whe­re more than 2000 peop­le live. The­re is a num­ber of wee­kend huts in Hior­th­hamn, and some of them have suf­fe­red dama­ge by the polar bear, which is always loo­king for food, bes­i­des gene­ral­ly being a c… Con­ti­nue rea­ding

The sou­the­as­tern islands are real­ly polar bear coun­try. Bears ever­y­whe­re, it can be dif­fi­cult to find a place whe­re you can go for a walk. In Free­man­sund, ever­ything is occu­p­ied by the­se crea­my-white polar sheep. And of cour­se, you might ask, why. The ques­ti­on „what are they doing here? The­re isn’t anything they can eat?“ is one that I hear about 100 times every day. One easy, but nevertheless true, ans­wer is becau­se it is… Con­ti­nue rea­ding

Bra­ve Mara­thon-run­ners do their work in and near Lon­gye­ar­by­en, while we get rea­dy for action on Anti­gua. In the after­noon, we are rea­dy to set sail on Anti­gua, and that is exact­ly what we actual­ly do as soon as Cap­tain Robert has said hel­lo to ever­y­bo­dy. A brief intro­duc­tion turns us all into real sai­lers, and soon the can­vas goes up into the bree­ze, and the rea­son­ab­ly warm sun sees us sai­ling out of Advent­fjord and n… Con­ti­nue rea­ding

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