- Created: Wednesday, 09 September 2015 00:21
- Written by Blog Admin 1
Monday 2015-09-07 afternoon
A zodiac cruise and landing in Lilliehooks Fjord rewarded us with the sighting of reindeer on the slopes of the barren hills. Beautiful majestic creatures that roam wild and due to isolation have created their own sub-species. Hiking up the permafrost, sinking into a bed of lichens and fungi afforded our legs a well deserved stretch and workout. The area was originally the location of a German weather station after the Second World War and is now preserved the way it is as a historical site. Rusty cans, boots, old rotting hessian bags lay about as if someone left in a hurry. One can only imagine the solitary life the operators lived here towards the end of the earth. Every animal that we encountered has a lonely existence here, man included. Certainly one would have to like ones own company. The day was one of vast contrasts as we virtually travelled around the corner to where the glacier slowly spewed its frozen contents into the bay in front of us. Constant rumbling and sudden thunderous booms echoed about the bay, letting us know there was about to be a calving. This is when the ice breaks away from the pressure coming from behind as the frozen river crawls towards the ocean. Wow - to witness this is awesome! The action of the huge amount of ice hitting the water sets off a small set of waves and, hopefully, you are far enough away! It is honestly surreal to watch nature at work!
Lilliehookbreen: 79°18’26”N, 11°36’06”E
Photo credit: Martin Kraus
Glacier calving, photo credit: Jenny Johannsen