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For­kast­nings­da­len – gla­cier cave

For­kast­nings­da­len as vir­tu­al pan­o­r­amic tour

Here is a pano­tour with 360°-images of the gla­cier cave in For­kast­nings­da­len:


For­kast­nings­da­len – gla­cier cave – 1/2

Every gla­cier in Spits­ber­gen has got melt­wa­ter rivers. Some­ti­mes they are run­ning off on the gla­cier sur­face, some­ti­mes within the ice, some­ti­mes at the bot­tom. Their size may vary from a few deci­me­t­res to many met­res in dia­me­ter. In sum­mer, they are nor­mal­ly fil­led with tor­ren­ti­al melt­wa­ter rivers and com­ple­te­ly inac­ces­si­ble.

For­kast­nings­da­len – gla­cier cave – 2/2

Some­ti­mes you just need to be lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time. We saw this very small gla­cier in For­kast­nings­da­len, not exact­ly the kind of gla­cier you would nor­mal­ly pay much atten­ti­on to in an area whe­re you have got so many big­ger ones around. We almost just wal­ked past it, but then we went up to have a look at this hole in the gla­cier snout. What we found was an ent­ry into the inte­riour of a gla­cier, seve­ral met­res high and wides, many met­res long, dis­ap­pearing in the distant dark­ness. Not com­ple­te­ly, though: once the eyes got used to the dark­ness, the­re was a faint blue light at the far end, indi­ca­ting ano­ther ent­rance.

This gla­cier cave, so easi­ly acces­si­ble, is a gla­cio­lo­gi­cal coin­ci­dence, geo­lo­gi­cal­ly a short moment now fro­zen in our memo­ries. It was not the­re in 2014, and soon natu­re will have des­troy­ed the cave or at least have made it inac­ces­si­ble again. For a magi­cal moment, it was the­re for us, allo­wing us to expe­ri­ence a gla­cier from insi­de.



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last modification: 2017-12-23 · copyright: Rolf Stange