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Home* Triplogs with pho­to gal­le­riesArc­tic 2013 → Snow mobi­le tour Pyra­mi­den & Bill­efjord

Pyramiden & Billefjord

A snow mobi­le tour of three days in ear­ly May 2013 to Bill­efjord and Pyra­mi­den. Bill­efjord is, in my opi­ni­on, amongst the most sce­nic parts of Spits­ber­gen; the moun­tains the­re have cha­rac­ter, you will reco­gni­ze them on any pho­to. And Nor­dens­kiöld­breen is a very impres­si­ve gla­cier. An evening walk in beau­ti­ful wea­ther over the fast ice in Adolf­buk­ta near the ice cliff of this gla­cier is some­thing that you just can’t beat. Just in case anyo­ne is won­de­ring: Adolf­buk­ta is named after the famous Swe­dish polar explo­rer Adolf Erik Nor­dens­kiöld, just as the gla­cier.

It is pos­si­ble to do the snow mobi­le tour to Pyra­mi­den as a day trip, but that is real­ly a long ride and many begin­ners will expe­ri­ence it as a tough one, pos­si­b­ly more stress than fun. Depen­ding on the rou­te, the dri­ving can also be a bit chal­len­ging. A com­mon rou­te will take you through Advent­da­len and Sas­senda­len to Tem­pel­fjord and from the­re through Bün­sow Land to Gips­da­len. Nor­dens­kiöld­breen is not far from the­re, and then it is across the ice to Pyra­mi­den. Alter­na­tively, if the ice is not safe, you will take the rou­te from Sas­senda­len up Rabot­breen and across the wide inland gla­ciers, around the upper reaches of Nor­dens­kiöld­breen and via Ragnar­breen down to Petu­nia­buk­ta. This is a long trip and for tou­rists, only legal­ly acces­si­ble in the com­pa­ny of a gui­de or a local.

An over­night in Pyra­mi­den or two will make ever­ything much more rela­xed, and then you will obvious­ly have more time to look around the­re. The aban­do­ned Soviet/Russian coal mining town Pyra­mi­den is a fasci­na­ting place in its­elf. And if you have a full day in the area, then you can go and explo­re a bit in Bill­efjord or Dick­son Land. We went to the nort­hern part of Bill­efjord, an area cal­led Petu­nia­buk­ta. The­re is ple­nty of stun­ning pla­ces the­re to explo­re.

But have a look at the images and the lin­ked pan­ora­mas. What do you think?

spits­ber­gen pyra­mi­den (gal­le­ry)

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

We couldn’t have ima­gi­ned a more friend­ly fare­well from Bill­efjord than with the Bear­ded seal near Bruce­by­en. Just if anyo­ne is won­de­ring: Bear­ded seals are often not afraid of peop­le, as long as you are calm and avoid sud­den move­ments and noi­se. In the end, we were just a few metres from the seal, but it was by no means annoy­ed or dis­tur­bed. It was still lying peace­ful­ly next to its water hole when we were alrea­dy far away again. This is of cour­se some­thing you can only do if you are on your own.

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