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Panorama of an arctic island in Nordenskiöldbukta

Sabi­neøya­ne (“the Sabi­ne Islands”) are a small group of rocks islands deep in Nor­dens­kiöld­buk­ta on the north side of Nord­aus­t­land, nor­the­ast Sval­bard. In other words, the end of the world. The­re is defi­ni­te­ly not much traf­fic here, at least not human traf­fic. The­se remo­te islands get far more visits by polar bears than by humans.


This was also the pro­blem during a first attempt to make a lan­ding on Sabi­neøya­ne. The island was alrea­dy occu­p­ied, the­re was a mother polar bear with her cub, enjoy­ing life on one of the rocky hills.

Sabineøyane: polar bears

Occu­p­ied! The­re was not­hing to be done about it. Polar bears have the right of way. Always.

During a later attempt, on a lovely late sum­mer day, we mana­ged to make a brief lan­ding and I had the chan­ce to take this pan­ora­ma image. The posi­ti­on is at the south end of the main island, which has some squa­re metres of flat ter­rain with an easi­ly acces­si­ble shore­li­ne.

Pan­ora­ma Sabi­neøya­ne

Other than that, the­re is actual­ly not much to say about Sabi­neøya­ne.


View across the main island of Sabi­neøya­ne.

The main island is 1.7 kilo­me­tres long and qui­te nar­row, it is rocky and has a hill on each end of the island, the hig­her (nort­hern) one being 101 metres high. As the name of the islands, which is a plu­ral word, sug­gests, it is actual­ly a small group of islands. The­re is one – much smal­ler – neigh­bou­ring island on the west side, and several rocks and sker­ries.

Pho­to gal­le­ry: Sabi­neøya­ne

Not the big­gest gal­le­ry ever, but still – some impres­si­ons of Sabi­neøya­ne.

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: 2022-06-16 · copyright: Rolf Stange