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Pyramiden: photograph and hiking, September 04-10, 2017

Pyramiden, here we come! With camera and hiking boots. That was pretty much our motto for a great week in one of the weirdest places you can imagine, namely the old, Sovjet-Russian coal mining settlement of Pyramiden. Located in Billefjord north of Longyearbyen, it was abandoned in 1998.

We met on September 04 in Longyearbyen and went by boat to Pyramiden the next day. There, we spent a good 4 days to explore the place and its scenic surroundings. We were lucky with the weather – always an important factor when travelling the Arctic. Another important factor is the group, and also here, we were really lucky! We spent the time in very good spirits and highly enjoyable atmosphere, and I think all of you who were part of it will agree, won’t you? Thanks again to everybody, it was great fun! Would love to do it again …

My impressions and photos may not in all respects be representative for the group’s experience. They are rather – surprise! – my own impressions and photos. While my fellow colleagues Alexander Lembke and Daniel Höhne went out to explore and hike with the group, for example on mount Pyramiden, I went out to explore with myself, for example scouting an route so far unknown to me across mount Yggdrasilkampen. In Pyramiden, I spent some good time to fill in gaps in my knowledge and photo archive of the place, focussing on panorama photography. It is a long-term project to present the results, but have a look at this panorama of Yggdrasilkampen to get a taste. Later addition: many panoramas have by now surfaced on the Pyramiden panorama page.

So, although not 100 % matching with what the group saw and did, my photos do give a good impression of those fantastic days in and around Pyramiden, one of Svalbard’s most fascinating places. We could have spent more time! Pyramiden, we will come back!

Gallery – Pyramiden: photograph and hiking, September 04-10, 2017

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last modification: 2019-04-28 · copyright: Rolf Stange