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Raudfjord: Hamiltonbukta

360° panorama and some background

As you come from Spitsbergen’s west coast, just fol­low the north coast and turn right twice to find Hamil­ton­buk­ta 🙂 it is part of Raudfjord, the first coast on Spitsbergen’s north coast (as you come from the west). And wit­hin Raudfjord, it is the nort­hern­most bay on the west coast. So, turn right, two times.

Cut into very old, very hard, crystal­li­ne base­ment rocks by plei­sto­ce­ne gla­ciers, Hamil­ton­buk­ta is not very big, but the sce­ne­ry is nevertheless qui­te impres­si­ve, with steep rock­walls, some of which are home to sea­b­irds such as Brünich’s guil­lemots and kit­ti­wa­kes, and a cou­p­le of gla­ciers. Some of them have retrea­ted dra­ma­ti­cal­ly in recent years. The­re are also some small islets in the bay, known as Hamil­tonøya­ne. The pan­ora­ma was taken on the lar­gest of the­se islets.

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last modification: 2020-08-30 · copyright: Rolf Stange
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