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Augustabukta - Vibebukta

Map: Augustabukta - Vibebukta

Gene­ral: The most­ly ice-free coas­tal stretch in the sou­thwes­tern part of Nord­aus­t­land. The coast is qui­te expo­sed and lan­dings can be impos­si­ble in case of wind and seas from the sou­thwest, espe­cial­ly in Vibe­buk­ta. The ter­rain allows for more or less end­less hikes to the see­min­gly near-by edge of the lar­ge ice caps.

For more, detail­ed infor­ma­ti­on: the Gui­de­book Spits­ber­gen-Sval­bard

Guidebook Spitsbergen-Svalbard

Snow patch sculptured by wind and sun in polar desert near Torellneset, Nordaustland

Snow patch sculp­tu­red by wind and sun in polar desert near Torell­ne­set, Nord­aus­t­land.

Geo­lo­gy: Light-colou­red Permi­an car­bo­na­te rocks, part­ly very fos­si­li­fe­rous and in pla­ces top­ped by remains of dio­ri­te intru­si­ons.

Recom­men­ded book for fur­ther, well-digesta­ble (real­ly!) info about geo­lo­gy and land­s­cape of Sval­bard.

Land­s­cape: Wide-stret­ching coas­tal plains near sea level. It is the see­min­gly com­ple­te empty­ness of this polar desert plains that can be stron­gly impres­si­ve, but a more care­ful look will soon reve­al a ran­ge of details such as fos­sil beach rid­ges with old drift­wood and whalebo­nes, frost pat­ter­ned ground and the occa­sio­nal patch of some flowers and mos­ses. Some low moun­tains often form a bar­ri­er bet­ween the coas­tal plains and the huge ice caps that domi­na­te the hori­zon fur­ther inland.

Flo­ra and Fau­na: High-arc­tic and accord­in­gly very bar­ren. Vege­ta­ti­on is scar­ce and most­ly limi­ted to sites such as depres­si­ons, rivu­lets, frost-pat­ter­ned ground, wea­the­ring whalebo­nes and depres­si­ons bet­ween old beach rid­ges.

Colourful mosses in a little riverbed (Augustabukta). The red colouration is a sign for malnutrition

Colour­ful mos­ses in a litt­le river­bed (Augus­t­abuk­ta). The red colou­ra­ti­on may be a sign for mal­nut­ri­ti­on.

Lonely rein­de­er and polar bears are occa­sio­nal­ly roa­ming the vast area, and some stee­per cliffs are home to smal­ler sea­b­ird colo­nies. Wal­ru­ses come to sui­ta­ble beaches to rest.

Walrus haulout site in southwestern Nordaustland

Wal­rus hau­lout site at Torell­ne­set, in sou­thwes­tern Nord­aus­t­land.

Histo­ry: The area was map­ped in the 19th cen­tu­ry by Swe­dish explo­rers, and in 1868 visi­ted by the First Ger­man North Pole Expe­di­ti­on under Cap­tain Kol­dew­ey. On this occa­si­on, Augus­t­abuk­ta was named after Marie Loui­se Augus­ta Katha­ri­ne, the wife of emperor Fried­rich Wil­helm I. Vibe­buk­ta was later named after Andre­as Vibe, a Nor­we­gi­an topo­gra­pher.

Easy crossing of a small meltwater river in Augustabukta

Easy cros­sing of a small meltwa­ter river in Augus­t­abuk­ta.


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: 2019-02-22 · copyright: Rolf Stange