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Spitsbergen (Southern part)

Interactive map with links to pages with detailed information about Spitsbergen's various fjords and islands

Click on the map for fur­ther infor­ma­ti­on about the dif­fe­rent are­as.

Interactive map Spitsbergen southern part

The­re are several lar­ge fjords in Spitsbergen’s sou­thern part, all of them of gre­at sce­nic varie­ty and beau­ty. The west Spits­ber­gen cur­rent (the nort­hern­most branch of the Gulf Stream) keeps Spitsbergen’s west coast lar­ge­ly ice-free, an effect that has beco­me more pro­noun­ced in recent years, from 2006 and so far until today – yes, cli­ma­te is chan­ging in the Arc­tic (and else­whe­re, for that sake). This makes the fjords on the south west coast of Spits­ber­gen more easi­ly acces­si­ble than other are­as. As a result, Isfjord, Bellsund and Horn­sund have seen a lot of human acti­vi­ty sin­ce the ear­ly 17th cen­tu­ry. The­re have been wha­ling sta­ti­ons, mining attempts and trap­pers’ huts and many tra­nes of the­se acti­vi­ties remain until today. Also, almost the who­le geo­lo­gi­cal evo­lu­ti­on of Spits­ber­gen is repre­sen­ted and can be stu­dies in the­se lar­ge fjords.

Call detail regi­ons on the map abo­ve or on the fol­lowing links:

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last modification: 2019-02-08 · copyright: Rolf Stange
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