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Cape Festningen

Sergey Dolya • 5 minutes read • April 7th, 2016

There is justice!
After a crushing defeat during our time fishing in the sea, near the Storseisundet Bridge, the Norwegian waters of 


fully compensated past failures. After 30 minutes of spooning near Cape Starostin, we caught six codfish and, no doubt, would have caught more if time allowed. But I was surprised by the fact that none of the fish were caught by the mouth! The hook got stuck in either its back, belly or gills. We can only guess how many fish hid at the bottom of the fjord!
Before we went fishing, we landed at Cape Festningen not far from 


. It's probably the weirdest cape I have ever seen - part of it is similar to a submarine rising from the bottom. You can read about everything under the cut...

By the way, all of our movements through the water took place on such a handsome boat. It was very comfortable, reliable and stable:

What can't be said about the local fishermen, who went out in the middle of the fjord on an inflatable boat? It looked so dangerous:

In principle, the cape is visible from Barentsburg but upon closer inspection, it reveals all of its grandeur and scale. Part of the cape is a stone island resembling a submarine:

There is a small lighthouse at the top. in the background is the Russian settlement of Svalbard:

The top of the rock resembles the face of the sphinx:

We landed. Cape Festningen is located on Nordenskiold Land, near the entrance to the Isfjord:

The cape "bites into" the bank and a stone slab continues like a wall:

Periodically, fractures occur:

Countless hordes of gulls live on the cape, this is their favorite place:

And this is Festningen illuminated by the sun:

Here you can see the power of nature. It seems that the mountain was once a flat plate that eventually "stood up".  

This is Cape Starostin. It is important to mention that the history of this place is connected with the life of one of the most famous Pomors - Ivan Starostin. He spent 39 winters on 


(the name the Pomors gave Spitsbergen before the official opening of the archipelago by Willem Barents). Starostin was almost the only resident of the archipelago and the number of Ivan Starostin's winters became a record that could not be beaten by any of man:

We planned a meeting with the local grandfather, Gena (his house is in the picture) but he went fishing so we did not wait for him. Instead we followed his example: 

We had two fishing rods and fished in turns. Our plan was simple: we dipped the rod in at 328 feet (100 meters), then raised it slightly and pulled. We had to wait 3 minutes maximum. Then we pulled the fishing line and reeled in the catch: 

This was our catch:

After catching some dinner we sailed home, happy and satisfied:

Excellent trip!
Author: Sergeydolya

Translated by: Gian Luka

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