Ruska = Hiking. Point. As every year. Except: This time it could have been the last time to enjoy Tarvantovaara Wilderness Area, where a mining company has reserved a block around the Hietakero fell. Good reason to experience the area, before it might get ruined.Continue reading “Ruska in Tarvantovaara Wilderness Area – Last Time Before the Mine Arrives?”
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”
Last week I had the pleasure to attend a course in Sakha Republic (Yakutia), in the Russian Federation. The course within the thematic area of extractive industries brought me to Mirny, a small city which has been built around its mining activities. Since Russian geologists have found rich diamond deposits in the Republic of Sakha, Russia has become one of the world leaders in diamond production. Also Mirny is significantly shaped from the extraction of diamonds in the area ..
Continue reading “About a Pile of Money and a Deep Hole in the Ground: Diamond Mining in Mirny, Yakutia”
While I cannot and do not blend out human caused environmental degradation, I generally focus my camera lenses rather on the beauty of nature, which is why you predominantly find nature photography in my blog. But there are places, where this is simply not possible; places, where nature has been wiped out. One of these places is Nikel, on the Kola peninsula, in northwestern Russia, close to the Norwegian border … Continue reading “From Murmansk to Nikel: Environmental Disaster on the Kola Peninsula”