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Nor­dens­kiöld­breen

Nor­dens­kiöld­breen

The gla­cier Nor­dens­kiöld­breen is one of the lar­gest gla­ciers in Isfjord, in reach from Lon­gye­ar­by­en. It is fre­quent­ly visi­ted as part of boat trips to Pyra­mi­den during the sum­mer or during snow­mo­bi­le excur­si­ons from Lon­gye­ar­by­en to Pyra­mi­den in spring (if the ice in Bill­efjord is solid enough to tra­vel across the fro­zen fjord to Pyra­mi­den). The gla­cier has repeated stron­gly in recent years, but it is still very impres­si­ve.

Urm­s­ton­fjel­let is towe­ring high abo­ve its icy sur­roun­dings south of upper Nor­dens­kiöld­breen. This is the ama­zing view from its nor­the­as­tern cor­ner. In the west, you can see Bill­efjord and, if you look care­ful­ly, the Rus­si­an sett­le­ment Pyra­mi­den. The huge gla­cier Nor­dens­kiöld­breen is domi­na­ting much of the sce­ne­ry. In the east, it leads up to the ice cap Lomo­no­ss­ov­fon­na.

The impres­si­ve cal­ving cliff of Nor­dens­kiöld­breen in ear­ly May.

As so many of its kind, Nor­dens­kiöld­breen has retrea­ted in recent years and thus some small, rocky islets came out under the ice – again, as they had been ice-free befo­re and were cove­r­ed by the gla­cier during an advan­ce. The rocks are amongst the oldest known in Spits­ber­gen

Gal­le­ry Nor­dens­kiöld­breen

Final­ly a cou­p­le of impres­si­ons of Nor­dens­kiöld­breen from dif­fe­rent per­spec­ti­ves.

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

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last modification: 2020-10-13 · copyright: Rolf Stange
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