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Edgeøya: Habenichtbukta, Svarttangen


Svart­t­an­gen, Edgeøya: vir­tu­al tour

Edgeøya: Habe­nicht­buk­ta

Habe­nicht­buk­ta is a shal­low, nar­row bay that is cut­ting deep into the sou­thwes­tern coast of Edgeøya. The shore­li­ne is rocky, with small coas­tal cliffs and coar­se boul­der beaches with lar­ge amounts of drift­wood. The tun­dra plains bet­ween the sea (Storfjord) and the cha­rac­te­ris­tic table-shaped moun­tains are stret­ching for kilo­me­tres with den­se vege­ta­ti­on and lar­ge wet­lands.

The bay is shal­low and stones make navi­ga­ti­on in its inner part hazar­dous even for small boats. It was nevertheless known to and used by Pomors (Rus­si­an hun­ters) and wha­lers cen­tu­ries ago.

Habe­nicht­buk­ta: Svart­t­an­gen

Lush, green tun­dra south of Habe­nicht­buk­ta. Des­pi­te of its green, con­ti­nuous vege­ta­ti­on car­pet, this tun­dra is part of the high-arc­tic vege­ta­ti­on zone in Spits­ber­gen as its spe­ci­es diver­si­ty is qui­te limi­ted. The­re is a trap­per hut in the back­ground.

Svart­t­an­gen: trap­pers’ hut

The trap­per hut on Svart­t­an­gen south of Habe­nicht­buk­ta. Edgeøya was an important hun­ting ground for trap­pers hun­ting polar bears until they (the bears) got ful­ly pro­tec­ted in 1973. The huts that have not been used any­mo­re have deca­yed sin­ce. This hut south of Habe­nicht­buk­ta was pro­bab­ly ori­gi­nal­ly built in 1901, but it was later enlar­ged and repai­red. It was in qui­te poor con­di­ti­on when this pan­ora­ma was shot in 2014, and it won’t be long any­mo­re until it is just a ruin.

Habe­nicht­buk­ta: north side

The best known part of Habe­nicht­buk­ta is on the north side of the bay, whe­re the remains of a wha­ling sta­ti­on and a pomor (Rus­si­an hun­ters) site can be seen. The­re is not too much left at the sur­face after cen­tu­ries of decay: foun­da­ti­ons, crumb­ling bricks are lying around here and the­re, and woo­den posts mark the cor­ners of for­mer buil­dings.

The his­to­ri­cal site is strict­ly pro­tec­ted and off limits sin­ce 2010. The for­bid­den area is bet­ween the coast and a lagoon, bet­ween the photographer’s posi­ti­on and the sai­ling ship (SV Anti­gua). Else­whe­re, you can still roam around qui­te free­ly if you have the rare oppor­tu­ni­ty.


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last modification: 2019-05-15 · copyright: Rolf Stange