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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 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.

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

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


By the way:

New book

my new book is in print and it can now be orde­red 🙂 it is a pho­to book with the tit­le “Nor­we­gens ark­ti­scher Nor­den (3): Die Bären­in­sel und Jan May­en”, with Ger­man text Click here for fur­ther details!


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