Thursday 13 September 2012

Another sunny Day in the National Park of North East Greenland!

In the early morning we sailed through the wonderful Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord into the Nordfjord. There we planned a longer Polarcircel boat cruise along the calving front of the very large Waltershausen Glacier. Dressed in warm thermo and floating suites we got aboard FRAM we felt warm and cozy during our 45min. trip along the glacier. The glacier front has been 11 km long and up to app. 20m high.  Some huge icebergs swam just in front of the glacier. We enjoyed each minute in our little boat and made all together thousands of pictures. The glacier was named after the German Geologist Wolfgang Sartorius von Waltershausen. He was working on minerals in this region in the second half of the 19th century.  
The afternoon we spent in the Strindberg Valley in the Nordfjord. Her we found another trapper hut. It was built in 1935 by several trappers from Hoelsbu. It was a special place for char fishing. In 1938 the trapper even started an experiment to can the char. But this was really not successful and was not repeated. We used the place for hiking and nature watching. Especially the huge amount of foxes we will never forget.