spitzbergen-3
fb  Spitsbergen Panoramas - 360-degree panoramas  de  en  nb  Spitsbergen Shop  
Marker

Alkhornet

Nature from fjord to fjell: the arctic ecosystem in a nutshell

The mountain corner Alkhornet is towering 617 metres high on the northern side of the entrance to Isfjord, marking the smaller side bay of Trygghamna. Thousands of kittiwakes and Brünnich’s guillemots are breeding on the steep cliffs high up on the mountain.

The breeding seabirds are fertilizing the tundra, which is accordingly rich and green. Reindeer and arctic fox are thriving there. The classical ecology of the high arctic tundra, which is fertile only if nutrition is provided from the sea, within a few hundred metres. Almost like the Arctic in a nutshell.

It is not uncommon to see a polar bear roaming over the tundra or resting near the bird cliff, waiting for some goodies to fall down.

In earlier times, Alkhornet and the adjacent bay Trygghamna, together with the area to the west (Daudmannsøyra) and east, used to be important hunting areas for Pomors from the Russian White Sea coast and then for mainly Norwegian trappers during the earlier 20th century. There are remains of a Pomor hunting station around the corner in Trygghamna. And the old hut on the tundra near Alkhornet is the ruin of a hut that was built in 1921 by Hilmar Nøis. It was not the first hut in that place, there had been 2 subsequent ones from 1905.

Gallery 1 – Alkhornet/Trygghamna: Landscape

Alkhornet from different angles and at different seasons.

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

Gallery 2 – Alkhornet: wildlife

Wildlife and vegetation near Alkhornet. Reindeer. And reindeer. And some more reindeer. But not only reindeer.

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

Gallery 3 – Alkhornet: the hut

The old hut at Alkhornet, built in 1921 by Hilmar Nøis. It was the third Norwegian hut in this place, the first one was built in 1905. These pictures document stages of decay from 2005 to 2014. The one picture that does not quite fit into the series shows the Pomor hunting station around the corner, in Trygghamna.

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

Back

last modification: 2021-01-18 · copyright: Rolf Stange
css.php