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Tyskehytte in Kongsfjord


Kongsfjor­den: Tyskehyt­te – vir­tu­al pan­o­r­amic tour

Tyskehyt­te 1

The­re is a slight­ly pecu­lar hut in inner Kongsfjord, on the shore of Brøg­ger­hal­vøya, which is con­nec­ted to a bit of polar sci­ence histo­ry of the for­mer Ger­man Demo­cra­tic Repu­blic (GDR, East Ger­ma­ny). From the 1960s, GDR sci­en­tists were acti­ve both in Spits­ber­gen and the Ant­ar­c­tic, focus­sing on the lat­ter in col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with Sov­jet expe­di­ti­ons.

The first GDR expe­di­ti­on to Spits­ber­gen was a ship-based sum­mer expe­di­ti­on in 1962. 13 sci­en­tists led by Wolf­gang Pil­le­wit­zer were acti­ve in Horn­sund and Kongsfjord. Dee­med a suc­cess, it was con­side­red neces­sa­ry to expand the rese­arch inter­val to a full year to inves­ti­ga­te gla­cio­lo­gi­cal sub­jects more ful­ly.

Tyskehyt­te 2

In 1964, an expe­di­ti­on of 4 sci­en­tists led by Dr. Lothar Stan­ge from Pots­dam left Stral­sund on board the rese­arch ves­sel Mete­or. The ship had to sail twice from Pots­dam to Kongsfjord to trans­port all the equip­ment nee­ded for the expe­di­ti­on. A wide rese­arch pro­gram­me was rea­li­zed during the sum­mer of 1964 in Kongsfjord. The expe­di­ti­on left Spits­ber­gen in Sep­tem­ber, but left a win­tering par­ty of 5 under lea­der­ship of Ulrich Voigt. This hut was the win­tering base. The win­ter was suc­cessful and went wit­hout major inci­dents.

The hut is still known as Tyskehyt­te (Ger­man hut) and it is used by sci­en­tists and staff from Ny-Åle­sund, a good 8 km away, for work and free time pur­po­ses.



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last modification: 2019-04-23 · copyright: Rolf Stange