After spending about a week on glaciers, my friend and me camped at the blue lake in Tordalen to go for day hikes. One of these hikes brought us up to Jotunfonna. While having good weather conditions to hike up, ever stronger getting fog made us to abort the trip and head back down to the valley.Continue reading “From the Blue Lake to Jotunfonna”
End of July the weather forecast predicted more than 25° C in Lapland. Just in time to pack my backpack and head north. With a friend who lives on Svalbard we had planned to go on a multi-day glacier hike northwest of Pyramiden, at around 79° northern latitude.Continue reading “Exploring 79° North: Glacier Hike on Svalbard”
Most of the time during my visit to Svalbard the sky was dominated by clouds. Yet, the first night the forecast predicted great mountain weather, my friend and me decided to climb up Nordenskiöldfjellet. This peak is just behind Longyearbyen, and from the summit you get a great view! Continue reading “Hiking up Nordenskiöldfjellet on Svalbard”
During our visit to Svalbard, Pyramiden was one of the place that my traveling friends and me were eager to sea. The settlement gives a great example of sustainability challenges to single industry towns. Staying there overnight, we had the chance to see several buildings from the inside. For the time being, Pyramiden appears almost like a ghost town .. Continue reading “Pyramiden – An Almost Abandoned Mining Town on the Svalbard Archipelago”
This summer I planned to meet and visit some good friends in Svalbard. During my stay I joined two of my friends to a boat trip through Isfjorden and Billefjorden. While our goal was to visit Pyramiden, the boat trip on Isfjorden offered a good chance to explore some of Svalbard’s nature.
In September I once again hiked the Sonnblick, this time accompanied by my friend Clemens, and extending the trip with also climbing the Hocharn the next morning. It was one of the most silent mountain experiences I have had in the alps. The whole hike up to the Hocharn as well as on the summit, my friend and me didn’t meet any other people. This fact together with the amazing weather, that allowed us to have a view as far as to the Lienzer Dolomiten and the Pyramidenkogel made this tour unforgetable! Continue reading “Sonnblick & Hocharn: Hiking Trip in September 2001”