Northern Svalbard aerial photos
A regular service operates from Longyearbyen to serve the scientific research village of Ny-Ĺlesund, usually using a Dornier aircraft. The route normally crosses Isfjorden and follows Sveabreen and Kongsvegen, then down Kongsfjorden, but sometimes paths to the west and east of this standard route are taken. Most of the terrain crossed is ice-covered, giving magnificent views when the weather is clear. The folowing photos are organized as follows: 2009 flight first, the 1999 and 2000.
Looking NW up Sveabreen, showing tidewater glacier cliff in 2009. Tornefjellet (1023m) is the highest peak in this view. (JA)
The exceptionally wide ice-cored lateral moraine of Wahlenbergbreen in 2009. (MH)
Terminal cliff and surrounding mountains of Wahlenbergbreen in 2009. (MH)
Middle reach of Wahlenbergbreen, 2009. (JA)
Meltpools and incipient drainage channels in middle part of Wahlenbergbreen, 2009. (JA)
Ice-dammed lake in the upper part of Wahlenbergbreen, 2009. (JA)
Several ice-dammed lakes in the upper part of Wahlenbergbreen, 2009. (JA)
Drained and still full meltwater ponds, 2009. (JA).
The terminal zone of tidewater Osbornebreen at the head of St Jonsfjorden, 2009. (MH)
Another view of Osbornebreen, 2009. (MH)
Nunataks in the accumulation area of the highland icefield of Oscar II Land, 2009. (JA)
Highest part of the highland icefield of Oscar II Land, with upper reaches of Osbornebreen in foreground, 2009. (JA)