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Trygghamna: Knuvlen


The litt­le moun­tain Knuv­len is situa­ted bet­ween gla­ciers clo­se to the coast in inner­most Trygg­ham­na. „Trygg­ham­na“ means „Safe Har­bour“, a name given by Eng­lish wha­lers in the 17th cen­tu­ry; also known as „Behou­den Haven“, the equi­va­lent name used by their Dut­ch com­pe­ti­tors. It was kind of a safe natu­ral har­bour for them, clo­se to the open sea. But it can be qui­te stor­my in Trygg­ham­na when the wind is blowing north-south!

The inner­most part of Trygg­ham­na did not exist in the 17th cen­tu­ry. Most likely, this area was cove­r­ed by gla­ciers, which were much lar­ger back then. Knuv­len is still sur­roun­ded by gla­ciers on several sides (Pro­tek­tor­breen, Har­riet­breen).

Knuv­len is not hig­her than 333 metres, but the slo­pes are qui­te steep, so you have to do a bit of work to enjoy this ama­zing view. The sand­stone is frost-wea­the­ring to form huge, sharp boul­ders which are not exact­ly gre­at for wal­king. But the view is worth the effort!


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: 2019-05-12 · copyright: Rolf Stange