Montes Spitzbergen

by Hermann & Birch

Montes Spitzbergen

Montes Spitzbergen

“In the time we had seen no one, nor encountered any human habitation until we reached Hilmar Nois’s hideaway. All was white and undulating, as mysterious as a dustsheet cast protectively over furniture. Spitzbergen is the principal landmass of the archipelago of Svalbard, one of the world’s last pristine wildernesses, where the estimated 3,000 polar bears easily outnumber the human population. The question is: for how long will it stay this way? I had come here counter-intuitively, in defiance of my usual winter impulse to seek a few days’warm sun in Egypt or North Africa. What I found was one of those rare landscapes almost entirely untouched by mankind, where humans feel thrillingly superfluous, so ill-equipped are we to survive in such terrain and conditions.” (OC)

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