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Goosbukta

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Goos­buk­ta 1

Goos­buk­ta is a small bay in inner­most Bren­ne­v­insfjord („Bran­dy Bay“) on Nord­aus­t­land. Con­si­de­ring the strong gla­cia­ti­on of Nord­aus­t­land, the­re is sur­pri­sin­gly much ice-free land bet­ween the inland ice and the coast. The land is at least in parts more or less flat, but very bar­ren. It appears to be almost free of life, but just becau­se of that and the vicini­ty of the ice cap Ves­t­fon­na, it is a fasci­na­ting place!

Goos­buk­ta 2

The­re is a litt­le hut clo­se to the shore. It was built in 1929 by the Nor­we­gi­an trap­per Karl Beng­ts­sen and his men and it was enlar­ged in 1933. The­re were not many win­te­rings in this remo­te area. The busiest win­ter was pro­bab­ly in 1935-36, when a Bri­tish expe­di­ti­on from Oxford win­te­red in Bren­nes­vinsfjord. The sci­en­tists led by San­dy A. Glen wan­ted to work on the ice cap Ves­t­fon­na. Fol­lowing the logistics desi­gned by Alfred Wege­ner for his 1930 Green­land expe­di­ti­on, they had a main win­te­ring base at Depo­tod­den on the coast fur­ther north in Bren­ne­v­insfjord and a smal­ler sta­ti­on on Ves­t­fon­na. Bengtssen’s hut in Goos­buk­ta ser­ved as a con­ve­ni­ent link bet­ween the­se two sta­ti­ons, as the rim of the ice cap is just a few hund­red metres away from it and the gla­cier is easi­ly acces­si­ble in this posi­ti­on.

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