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Hiking Nordenskiöld Land & east coast Svalbard 2007

Crossing the inland of Nordenskiöld Land, following lonesome valleys, across rivers and glaciers, we went from Longyearbyen towards the east coast of Spitsbergen. For large parts, we followed the »classical« route of Sir Martin Conway’s first crossing of Spitsbergen in 1896: Adventdalen, Sassendalen, Fulmardalen, Elfenbreinbreen (Conway’s “Ivory gate”). A long trip with a lot of weight to carry: next to tent, sleeping bag and the whole lot that comes with it, we had to carry crampons for the glaciers, rifle and alarm fence in case of an ill-tempered polar bear visiting and so on. I did, however, of course not leave the camera behind, so have a look!

The route is actually much easier to follow in winter, when you don’t have soft tundra to walk on and torrential rivers to cross. Click here for some impressions from the same area at a different time of year.

Part one: A sunny start (gallery):

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Sunny, enjoyable days in the large valleys east of Longyearbyen and nice side excursions.

Part two: Hard work near the east coast (gallery):

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Crossing eastern Nordenskjöld Land, towards the east coast of Spitsbergen. Large, wild landscape with rapid rivers, deep mudholes in wide moraines, snow and, as if this was not allready enough, it is also getting colder. All that is left after Conway's proud »ivory gate« (the lower Elfenbein glacier) is a huge landscape of mud and a collapsing glacier, cut into several parts by a very nasty meltwater river. We felt like Frodo in Mordor.

Part three: Back from the wild east (gallery):

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As soon as the east coast is out of view, everything feels a bit warmer and more hospitable again, which is partly due to coincidental weather changes, of course. Still, the rivers are wide and cold as always.

Map - Nordenskiöld Land and east coast Svalbard 2007

Map hiking tour Nordenskiöld Land and east coast of Spitsbergen

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