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Home* Tri­plogs with pho­to gal­le­riesArc­tic sea­son 2007 → Hiking Nor­dens­ki­öld Land and east coast 2007

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 1: When the sun was still shi­ning

Pho­tos of sun­ny, enjoya­ble days in the val­leys of Lon­gye­ar­by­en, hea­ding east with small detours.

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Part 2: When it slow­ly beca­me exhaus­ting

In the eas­tern Nor­denskjöld coun­try, direc­tion east coast. Lar­ge, wild land­scape with tor­ren­ti­al rivers, deep mud holes in wide morai­nes, snow and col­der it gets to all abun­dance also. From Conway’s proud “Ivo­ry gate”, the lower Ivo­ry Gla­cier, the­re is only a huge mud land­scape left, through which a par­ti­cu­lar­ly com­mon melt­wa­ter river flows. You feel like Fro­do in Mordor.

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Part 3: Escape from the Wild East

As soon as the east coast is out of sight, ever­y­thing sub­jec­tively beco­mes a few degrees war­mer and more invi­ting again, which is of cour­se also due to the moods of the wea­ther. But the rivers remain as wide and cold as usu­al.

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

Map - Nordenskiöld Land and east coast Svalbard 2007

Map hiking tour Nor­dens­ki­öld Land and east coast of Spits­ber­gen



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last modification: 2019-02-26 · copyright: Rolf Stange