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The ice cave in Longyearbreen


Melt­wa­ter-Caves Lon­gye­ar­breen: It is very useful that melt­wa­ter caves in arc­tic gla­ciers most­ly fall dry during win­ter. And it is wit­hout any doubt quite fasci­na­ting to have a look at a gla­cier from insight.

But it isn’t com­for­ta­ble, and what I haven’t found this time are lar­ger caverns, which are often part of such gla­cial caves. The pan­ora­mas were accor­din­gly a bit tri­cky (I haven’t seen the results pro­per­ly at the time of wri­ting, but I am hoping the best …), and moving around with all that gear was occa­sio­nal­ly a bit chal­len­ging. But tho­se who like to move around in rab­bit holes will be rich­ly reward­ed.

spits­ber­gen Melt­wa­ter-Cave (gal­lery)

Click on thumb­nail to open an enlar­ged ver­si­on of the spe­ci­fic pho­to.


The melt­wa­ter-caves and chan­nels of arc­tic gla­ciers fall most­ly dry during the win­ter. Then, it is pos­si­ble to walk in the­re, to get some fasci­na­ting impres­si­ons of a gla­cier from insi­de. Care and some equip­ment is nee­ded, and the nar­row holes are not for ever­y­bo­dy.



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last modification: 2013-12-27 · copyright: Rolf Stange