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Kapp Borthen


Kapp Borthen Map

Gene­ral: An expo­sed low-lying cape to the north of the lar­ge Torell-gla­ciers, bet­ween Horn­sund and Bellsund. Nobo­dy would ever think about going the­re, if it wasn’t for the wreck of a Ger­man air­craft for wea­ther obser­va­tions, that crash-lan­ded here during the second world war. The wreck is still the­re. Kapp Bort­hen is at the outer coast, expo­sed to wind and seas of the open north Atlan­tic Oce­an. And the Torell-gla­ciers do not exact­ly offer gre­at pro­tec­tion from eas­ter­ly winds eit­her, they are rather likely to pro­du­ce unplea­sent cata­ba­tic winds them­sel­ves. Thus, Kapp Bort­hen is very rare­ly visi­ted, but is can be an inte­res­ting curio­si­ty.

For more, detail­ed infor­ma­ti­on: the Gui­de­book Spits­ber­gen-Sval­bard

Guidebook Spitsbergen-Svalbard

Kapp Borthen - a grim, lunar landscape with remains from dark days

Kapp Bort­hen – a grim, lunar land­s­cape with remains from dark days.

Geo­lo­gy: Base­ment rocks, almost com­ple­te­ly cove­r­ed with Qua­terna­ry ‘dirt’ (sor­ry…) such as beach rid­ges, flu­vi­al depo­sits, morai­nes.

Land­s­cape: The moun­tains of the west coast and espe­cial­ly the lar­ge Torell-gla­ciers make for a sce­nic back­ground. Kapp Bort­hen its­elf is a very bar­ren, rather fea­tureless tun­dra plain and, in its eas­tern part, a moon-like morai­ne land­s­cape. The area lea­ves a dead, inhos­pi­ta­ble impres­si­on.

Flo­ra and Fau­na: I haven’t seen anything living the­re, even vege­ta­ti­on is rather scar­ce.

Histo­ry: Most­ly limi­ted to the war histo­ry. A Ger­man figh­ter pla­ne, a Ju 88 from Banak in nort­hern Nor­way, had to crash land here on 14 Sep­tem­ber 1942 after dama­ge from fights against an allied con­voy. The crew was soon picked up by ano­t­her Ger­man pla­ne on an appoin­ted emer­gen­cy lan­ding site in the tun­dra about 20 km fur­ther north. They des­troy­ed the Ju 88 befo­re they left. The wreck is still the­re, a bit inland; a ghost­ly memo­ri­al to the insa­ni­ty which reached even the remo­test cor­ners of the glo­be.

Kapp Borthen


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: 2014-10-28 · copyright: Rolf Stange