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Krossfjord: Collinsodden

Coastal plain and northern light research: panorama images and background

Col­l­ins­od­den Pan­ora­ma 1: the coas­tal land­s­cape

Col­l­ins­od­den is situa­ted at the ent­ry of Krossfjord. It is not exact­ly well shel­te­red, to put it mild­ly, but on a lovely day like this, the coast­li­ne with some wide beaches, inter­rup­ted by small, rocky points, can almost appe­ar tro­pi­cal 🙂

Col­l­ins­od­den Pan­ora­ma 2: the coas­tal plain

The flat coas­tal plain stret­ches over many kilo­me­tres, from Ebeltoft­ham­na in Krossfjord and up the west coast (Die­sets­let­ta). It was pro­bab­ly crea­ted by wave action during the plei­sto­ce­ne, which cut a coas­tal plat­form into the bed­rock (schist, in this case).

Col­l­ins­od­den Pan­ora­ma 3: the old hut

The­re is a ruin of an old hut a bit away from the coast. It was a trap­per hut, but it was used for sci­en­ti­fic pur­po­ses for a short peri­od bet­ween 1912 and 1914. In tho­se years, the­re was a Ger­man meteo­ro­lo­gi­cal obser­va­to­ry a good 7 kilo­me­tres away in Ebeltoft­ham­na, initia­ted after Count Zeppelin’s expe­di­ti­on in 1910 and led by Kurt Wege­ner, bro­ther of the famous Alfred Wege­ner (the one with the pla­te tec­to­nics). Next to meteo­ro­lo­gy, the sci­en­tists also did some work on the nort­hern lights.

Meteo­ro­lo­gist Max Robitzsch took the initia­ti­ve to pho­to­graph the auro­ra from simul­ta­ne­ous­ly from two posi­ti­ons a cou­p­le of kilo­me­tres apart for alti­tu­de deter­mi­na­ti­on. Next to the main base in Ebeltoft­ham­na, this old hut at Col­l­ins­od­den was cho­sen as a secon­da­ry base for nort­hern light pho­to­gra­phy during the dark sea­son. To enab­le per­fect syn­chro­ni­sa­ti­on, they even impro­vi­sed a tele­pho­ne con­nec­tion over more than 7 kilo­me­tres bet­ween the two sites!


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: 2020-09-01 · copyright: Rolf Stange