Day tour to Spitsbergen (Svalbard) east coast by snowmobile

08/04/1999

Excursions to the east coast of Spitsbergen island by snowscooter. Today the weather is superb and there are lots of wonderful places to see, with many glaciers flowing into the frozen arctic ocean. Return back to Svea to overnight.

The first words of our guide this morning was "Good morning ! We will see a lot spectacular things today !", and I've replied "Wow, I cannot wait anymore !".

 

Polar bear's footprint Polar bear's footprint
We leave Svea for the East Coast driving south-east over the Rindersbukta bay where we see very fresh Polar Bear's footprints

 

Polar bear's footprint
Trace of a bear probably trying to catch a seal through a breathing hole.

 

A glacier on Spitsbergen island
A glacier on Spitsbergen island
A glacier on Spitsbergen island A glacier on Spitsbergen island
A glacier on Spitsbergen island At the end of the Rinderbukta bay we can admire the blue front of the Scheelebreen glacier. We then climb over Paulabreen glacier to continue the trip.

 

Driving the snowmobile on an icefield, Svalbard
Driving over Paulabreen glacier.

 

Spitsbergen island (Svalbard) Spitsbergen island (Svalbard)
The ice is so thick that only the peaks of the highest monutains actually come out from the virgin snow !

 

East coast of Spitsbergen island East coast of Spitsbergen island
East coast of Spitsbergen island East coast of Spitsbergen island
East coast of Spitsbergen island East coast of Spitsbergen island
On the pack ice again, close to the Strongbreen glacier's front. Here the color of the ice is very intense, between green and blue. It is hard to belive that on late summer it is possible to come here by boat.

 

Glacier ending into frozen sea Glacier ending into frozen sea
Glacier ending into frozen sea In some place the ice has an intense color, especially where it is more old and compact.

 

Icebergs trapped in the frozen sea (Svalbard)
We continue to drive on the pack ice and we encounter some huge iceberg frozen solid into the sea's ice (top-left picture).

 

Snowscooters on Svalbard islands
Pack ice stretching to the horizont After a while we arrive at the "end of the world" where the pack ice becomes cracked and very uneven (top-left). We then climb over an hill to see the arctic ocean from above (bottom-right).

 

Going back to Svea, Svalbard
After a day like this, we will be very sorry to head back to Svea in order to spend the night.

 

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