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St. Jonsfjord: Gjertsenodden, Perhytta

Nature and history on Spitsbergen's west coast

St. Jonsfjord: Gje­rt­senod­den

St. Jonsfjord, situa­ted on Spitsbergen’s west coast, is one of the smal­ler fjords of the island. Gje­rt­senod­den is a small low­land area on the north side. Beau­ti­ful views of the sur­roun­ding moun­tains and gla­ciers, the gla­cier Gaf­fel­breen (“Fork gla­cier”) in a bay just around the cor­ner, inte­res­ting tun­dra with lots of plant spe­ci­es, rein­de­er and frost-pat­ter­ned ground – a lovely litt­le pie­ce of Spits­ber­gen. Often, the­re is a lot of gla­cier ice on the shore.

The huge morai­ne of Gaf­fel­breen indi­ca­ted how lar­ge the gla­cier was in the 19th cen­tu­ry, during the litt­le ice age. But the view is still impres­si­ve today.

Gal­le­ry – St. Jonsfjord: Gje­rt­senod­den & Gaf­fel­breen

Some impres­si­ons of the stun­ning sce­ne­ry at Gje­rt­senod­den and near Gaf­fel­breen.

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

Gje­rt­senod­den: Per’s hut

“Per’s hut” is an obvious eye-cat­cher clo­se to the shore if you hap­pen to visit Gje­rt­senod­den. This lovely litt­le log-cabin style hut was built in 1962 by Per Johns­son, one of Spitsbergen’s last polar bear hun­ters, and Knut Edin. Back then, Johns­son had a job in Ny-Åle­sund and built this hut for free­time use. It was never used for win­te­ring. Now it is known as Per’s hut (Nor­we­gi­an: Perhyt­ta), after its buil­der. The log con­struc­tion would have been rather unty­pi­cal for a 20th cen­tu­ry pro­fes­sio­nal hun­ter: it shows that time didn’t mat­ter too much when it was built. Trap­pers wan­ted to build their huts rather quick­ly, becau­se they arri­ved late in the sum­mer and then they quick­ly build or repair a num­ber of huts for the win­ter hun­ting sea­son.

Gal­le­ry – Gje­rt­senod­den: Per’s hut

Some per­spec­ti­ves on Per’s hut.

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


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: 2021-02-01 · copyright: Rolf Stange