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Again to the East Coast: Agardhbukta and Inglefieldbreen

April 2013

Fulmardalen

Fulmardalen is one of many unglaciated valleys in Nordenskiöld Land, central Spitsbergen. It is part of the classical „Conway-route“ from Longyearbyen to the east coast. During the winter, the trip takes only a few hours by snow mobile. In summer, it takes experienced hikers 4 days to cover the distances and the challenges of the pathless terrain (click here for some impressions for an east coast hike in July 2007).

Elfenbeinbreen

The glacier Elfenbeinbreen was crossed for the first time by Martin Conway as part of his route to the east coast in 1896. Not much is left of what Conway gave the proud name „Ivory gate“: large areas where Conway hiked over snow and ice have now turned into immense moraine landscapes. These two panoramas illustrate the moraine on the west side. 1/2

The glacier Elfenbeinbreen was crossed for the first time by Martin Conway as part of his route to the east coast in 1896. Not much is left of what Conway gave the proud name „Ivory gate“: large areas where Conway hiked over snow and ice have now turned into immense moraine landscapes. These two panoramas illustrate the moraine on the west side. 2/2

The lower part of Elfenbeinbreen is by now cut off from the main glacier by a large meltwater river and accordingly dead: without connection to the glacier that delivers the ice, it will slowly melt and turn into a muddy moraine landscape. 1/2

The lower part of Elfenbeinbreen is by now cut off from the main glacier by a large meltwater river and accordingly dead: without connection to the glacier that delivers the ice, it will slowly melt and turn into a muddy moraine landscape. 2/2

Die moraine landscape on the east side of Elfenbeinbreen is huge. From its hills you have great views into Agardhdalen and towards the east coast. In clear weather, you can even see Edgeøya in the distance.

Agardhbukta

There are 2 rather modern huts on the north side of Agardhbukta. One belongs to the Sysselmannen, the other one to a club in Longyearbyen. They may be used by club members who live in Longyearbyen.

Kapp Dufferin

Kapp Dufferin is a coastal landscape of basalt with lagoons and little hills between Agardhbukta and Inglefieldbukta on the east coast of Spitsbergen. It is namend after Lord Dufferin, a leading British diplomate and „gentleman explorer“ of the 19th century.

Inglefieldbukta

Inglefieldbreen (-glacier) has retreated strongly, but is nevertheless still beautiful and impressive.

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