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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The experience was fabulous! Check these images: