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Aus­ter­våg can be trans­la­ted with „East bay“. Framed in by small, but ver­ti­cal cliff coasts, it is the only place on Bear Island’s nor­the­as­tern coast whe­re you can land and get some­whe­re inland. The lan­ding is, howe­ver, qui­te rocky and not exact­ly com­for­ta­ble; for­get about it in bad wea­ther or swell. The ter­rain inland is very sto­ny and wal­king is accord­in­gly qui­te tough.

But the area is nevertheless inte­res­ting. The land­s­cape is so rocky and bar­ren that it is impres­si­ve in its­elf. And it is only a short walk to the old coal mining sett­le­ment of Tun­heim. On the way the­re, you have to cross the river Engels­kel­va, but this should nor­mal­ly not be much of a pro­blem pro­vi­ded you have got rub­ber boots and some good ter­rain hiking skills. You pass Siloo­d­den, whe­re small ships went along­side the cliff coast in the mining days to off­load car­go and load coal. Fol­lowing the old rail­way track, you pass one of the most solid huts in the who­le Spits­ber­gen archi­pe­la­go. This is cal­led Bjør­ne­hiet („Bear cave“) and belongs to the wea­ther sta­ti­on. Litt­le auks are bree­ding under the rocks and are often sit­ting on the old rail­way track, which is qui­te pit­to­res­que. Then you get to the old mining place Tun­heim.

The old coal mining sett­le­ment Tun­heim dedi­ca­ted to the next pan­ora­ma page.


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: 2017-12-23 · copyright: Rolf Stange