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Operafjellet & Gruve 6

A litt­le excur­si­on into the youn­ger histo­ry of Spits­ber­gen. The grey wea­ther was qui­te appro­pria­te when we made the sad pil­grimage to the memo­ri­al for the 1996 air­pla­ne crash at Ope­raf­jel­let, whe­re 141 peop­le died when a Rus­si­an air­craft cras­hed into the slo­pe of Ope­raf­jel­let during the lan­ding descent in poor visi­bi­li­ty. This was the big­gest cata­stro­phe that peop­le had to endu­re in Spits­ber­gen on land, and the Rus­si­an com­mu­nities were hit very stron­gly.

The visit to mine 6 was less dra­ma­tic. Coal was mined the­re bet­ween 1969 and 1981 (buil­ding star­ted in 1967). Inte­res­ting insight into local mining histo­ry and what they call indus­tri­al archaeo­lo­gy – and a very rewar­ding play­ground for pho­to freaks who like their HDR and pan­ora­ma tech­ni­ques or (even bet­ter!) both at the same time.

spits­ber­gen ope­raf­jel­let (gal­le­ry)

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A Rus­si­an pla­ne col­li­ded with Ope­raf­jel­let in late August 1996. 141 peop­le were on board: miners, employees of the mining com­pa­ny, their fami­lies, and the crew of the air­craft. All 141 died instant­ly. This was the big­gest cata­stro­phe ever in Spits­ber­gen, apart from war-time dra­mas at sea. The cau­se was bad navi­ga­ti­on in poor visi­bi­li­ty. The acci­dent was a fac­tor when Pyra­mi­den was clo­sed in 1998.

Gruve 6

Mine 6 is in Advent­da­len, bet­ween Toda­len and Bol­terda­len. Aban­do­ned many years ago, it is easy to reach, an inte­res­ting bit of indus­tri­al histo­ry and a fasci­na­ting play­ground for pho­to­graph­ers.


By the way:

New book

my new book is in print and it can now be orde­red 🙂 it is a pho­to book with the tit­le “Nor­we­gens ark­ti­scher Nor­den (3): Die Bären­in­sel und Jan May­en”, with Ger­man text Click here for fur­ther details!


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