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Nordenskjöld Land 2007/07

Crossing the inland, 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 from Sir Martin Conway’s first crossing of Spitsbergen in 1896.

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 - Nordenskjöld Land 2007/07

Map Nordenskjöld Land

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