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Murchisonfjord: Caribou

360 degree panorama of a trappers' hut on Nordaustland

Cari­bou is a bit west of Kinn­vi­ka, on the coast of Hin­lo­pen Strait. The name seems local­ly unusu­al, see­min­gly indi­ca­ting north Ame­ri­can influ­ence. It was built in 1972 by the Nor­we­gi­ans Fre­drik Rubach and Odd Ivar Ruud, father and son, who win­te­red the­re sub­se­quent­ly to hunt polar bears. Polar bears were com­ple­te­ly pro­tec­ted in Spits­ber­gen in 1973, and this was accord­in­gly the last win­te­ring of hun­ters on Nord­aus­t­land.

Unfor­tu­n­a­te­ly, the hut is dete­rio­ra­ting, as you can see on the indoor pan­ora­ma here, which was taken in 2013.

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last modification: 2019-02-23 · copyright: Rolf Stange
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