Entering frozen river | Svalbard 2012
The cave is OK

Like being in bed with a woman for the first time…

Some years ago I visited the northernmost settlement in the world – Ny Ålesund, Svalbard. It’s a fantastic experience 79 degrees north. One have to be a scientist or (as me) part of management in one of the companies present. Anyway, I had the opportunity to join some people on a real adventure: entering a cave under a glacier.

Snow mobile on glacier | Svalbard 2012
Found a snow bridge and getting ready to dig a hole.

We drove out on a glacier using our snow mobiles. This glacier doesn’t move (most do), so it’s not very dangerous. We searched for a snow bridge with long thin sticks. Easy penetration indicated snow bridge over a frozen river. To enter the cave we had to dig a hole.

Digging in the glacier | Svalbard 2012
Digging a hole in a snow bridge on the glacier.

It was hard work! The hole appeared to be 2 meter deep, and we shifted on digging. Everyone securely tied to the snow mobiles in case the snow bridge would disintegrate.

Entering the river | Svalbard 2012
Karl Petter entering the cave made by a sub-glacier frozen river

Karl Petter was entering first to check if everything is OK. It was about 6 meters to the bottom of the cave, and climbing equipment was absolutely necessary.

Entering frozen river | Svalbard 2012
The cave is OK

One of the french scientists in the group gave us a big laugh when entering the cave; with his french accent he said the following when penetrating the glacier: “I’m not nervous! But this is like being in bed with a woman for the first time!” We couldn’t stop laughing and he descended into the cave.

Penetrating the clacier | Svalbard 2012
“I’m not nervous! But this is like being in bed with a woman for the first time!”

The experience was fabulous! Check these images:

The pattern is captured in a tunnel in a glacier on Svalbard. The tunnel was created by a river under the glacier.

 

4 comments

  1. An amazing place (and stunning pictures). I did some speleology years ago –not in ice!- and, yes, descending into a cave is as thrilling as being with someone in bed the first time (much more dangerous, anyway 🙂

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