March 12, 2016

Arctic Panorama from a dogsled at Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway

We are in Bolterdalen driving a dogsled lead by 12 Alaskian  Huskies. (Click at the photo for a LARGER version).
The sun is shining at the Opera Mountain in front while we can see some structures to the right belonging to coal mine 7. Bolterdalen where we have a photo break is still in the winter shadow of the surrounding mountains.

Opera mountain where a tragic flight accident happend in 1996 (ref. wiki):
Operafjellet ("The Opera Mountain") is a mountain on Spitsbergen in Svalbard, Norway. It is 968 metres (3,176 ft) tall and is located on the north side of Adventdalen.
It is named for the amphitheatre-shape of the mountain on the western side, with the peak Tenoren ("The Tenor") sticking up.
On 29 August 1996, it was the site for the crash of Vnukovo Airlines Flight 2801 during approach to Svalbard Airport, Longyear, killing 141 people.

Coal mine 7 and the Mining company at Svalbard:
Store Norske Spitsbergen Grubekompani AS (SNSG) operates Store Norske’s three coal mines on Svalbard: Svea Nord and Lunckefjell in Svea and the Gruve 7 mine outside Longyearbyen.

SNSG has 320 employees and a head office in Longyearbyen. Most of the company’s employees work in Svea

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