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Sorgfjord

1 = Aeolusneset,
2 = Crozierpynten

Sorgfjord Map

General: Situated just under 80°N at the northeastern corner of Spitsbergen at the entrance to the Hinlopen Strait, the Sorgfjord is a nice fjord with a lot of interesting history. Earlier, the Sorgfjord was also called ‘Treurenburg Bai’.

For more, detailed information: the Guidebook Spitsbergen-Svalbard

Guidebook Spitsbergen-Svalbard

Click here for Panoramic views of Sorgfjord (several locations included: Eolusneset, Crozierpynten).

Geology: Upper Precambrian, non-metamorphic sediments such as quarzites and dolomites, tectonically deformed and mostly steeply dipping. The same rocks are found further south in the Lomfjord, in the northeastern Hinlopen Strait and on Lågøya.

Der Berg Heclahuken auf der Ostseite des Sorgfjord.

Steeply dipping upper Precambrian sediments (light-grey quarzitic sandstone and dark silt- and claystone) on the eastern side of the Sorgfjord (Crozierpynten).

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

Landscape: Low plateau-shaped mountains with wide coastal plains, on which there are well-developed series of beach ridges. The interiour south of Sorgfjord is strongly glaciated.

View over the inner Sorgfjord

View over the inner Sorgfjord.

Flora and Fauna: Very barren. No special sites known regarding wildlife.

History: Varied. The name ‘Sorgfjord’ (Worry fjord) goes back to the whalers and may refer to difficulties with the ice in this corner of Spitsbergen, where the Gulf Stream is loosing its influence. It could also refer to armed conflicts between different whaling nations: In 1693, the Sorgfjord saw the northernmost sea battle ever when thee French warships brought up 40 Dutch whaling ships. 13 Dutch ships were captured, the rest escaped. Some graves at Aeolusneset on the western side of the Sorgfjord remind us of the dangers of a whaler’s life.

The Swedish-Russian Arc-de-Meridian Expedition (1899-1904) used the eastern side of the Sorgfjord (Heclahamna/Crozierpynten) for one of their headquarters.

Remains of the buildings of the Arc-de-Meridian-expedition at Crozierpynten

Remains of the buildings of the Arc-de-Meridian-expedition at Crozierpynten.

Sorgfjord

Later, the Sorgfjord was the pivotal point for the ill-fated Schröder-Stranz-Expedition.

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last modification: 2014-10-28 · copyright: Rolf Stange
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