The Svalbard Global Seed Vault (Svalbard globale frøhvelv) is established in the permafrost in the mountains of Svalbard. It is designed to store duplicates of seeds from seed collections around the globe.
Longyeardalen is located between the mountains of Platåberget and Gruvefjellet. The town of Longyearbyen is located in the lower portions of the valley, which is named after the American industrialist John Munroe Longyear. The river of Longyearelva runs through the valley. At the top of the valley you will find the Longyear glacier which is about 4.5 km long.
See more photos of Longyeardalen here and from Longyearbyen here.
On the way to Trollsteinen you need to cross the glacier Larsbreen. Larsbreen is located near Longyearbyen and is reserved for non-motorized traffic. Trollsteinen is a popular hiking destination and rises 849 meters above sea level.
Tourists on an ice floe in Vibebukta at Nordaustlandet. The glacier in the background is Bråsvellbreen which is part of Nordaustfonna. Nordaustfonna is Svalbard’s largest glacier and has a glacier front that is nearly 250 km long.
See more photos of glaciers here and from Nordaustlandet here.
Ropeways from three different mines were gathered in Taubenesentralen (the ropeway center). From here the coal was passed on via another ropeway to the coal harbour on Hotellneset where it was stored until shipping season started. The central was finished in 1957 and in 1987 trucks took over the transport.
In the old days, the local coal company, Store Norske Spitsbergen Kulkompani, used ropeway to transport coal from the mine to the storage area on Hotellneset. Some places it was necessary to change the angle of the ropeway. A so called angle station can be seen in the picture. Continue reading →