Sarkofagen Hike

The valley above Longyearbyen is dominated by Sarkofagen, a high pointed mountain with coal mine #4 is at its base, and the Larsbreen and Longyearbreen glaciers cutting deep valleys on either side. Aisha and I hiked to the summit with a guide (which is mandatory anywhere outside of Longyearbyen unless you are registered and carry firearms for polar bear protection) and his Greenland dog. Many of the guide services use dogs to give early warning against polar bears. The day was cloudy and threatening to rain, which is the weather we experienced most often in Spitsbergen.

017__DSC8502
Crossing the glacial outflow of the Larsbreen glacier
016__DSC8496
Blocked Entrance to Coal Mine #4
001__DSC8387
Looking back toward Nybyen and the cluster of coal miners buildings. On the right is one of the entrances to mine 2b.

002__DSC8397

003__DSC8401

004__DSC8413
Summit of Sarkofagen with Longyearbyen in valley and Adventfjorden beyond.
005__DSC8422
Ridge of Sarkofagen
007__DSC8442
Decent toward the Longyearbreen Glacier

006__DSC8436

008__DSC8446

009__DSC8449

010__DSC8459
On the Longyearbreen Glacier

011__DSC8461

012__DSC8466
Fossils found along the lateral moraine of the glacier

014__DSC8481

013__DSC8472
The rain finally caught up with us

015__DSC8492

018__DSC8504
Crossing glacial out wash plain

 

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s