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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!



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last modification: 2019-05-12 · copyright: Rolf Stange