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Waterfalls On The Bryde's Creek

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

What are the tourists doing in 

Svalbard

? Of course, they are walking, enjoying the amazing views of nature and the wild animals. The archipelago adjusts the traveler to a quiet and peaceful contemplation. The polar nature is something special: it seems that it is poor and faceless but if you look closely at the details, it can surprise you no less than the tropics.
One day we took a boat, swam across the fjord from 

Barentsburg

and went to the Bryde's Creek. Today's review is about that journey...

Don't be surprised with the difference in light in these photos. The weather changes constantly: the clouds go over the archipelago like a tiered "cake", so sometimes the sky looks like dusk and sometimes the sun's rays make their way through the clouds:

We moored on the other side of the fjord at a house for fishermen and travelers. If you are caught by bad weather, you can stay here and spend the night:

The house is always open, you don't have to pay for anything. Inside you can find bunks, a table, a stove, and everything you need for short-term accommodation:

Opposite the house there is an interesting BBQ made of stones. I think this is a device used to smoke fish:

We passed the house and headed toward the mountains:

We walked through the stone piles. Apparently, there used to be againt glacier here that left behind all of these rocks.

If you take the stone in your hand and look at it closely, you can find lots of fossilized microorganisms:

Making our way through the rocks, we made it to the green meadows of Spitsbergen. In general, the color green on the archipelago looks very unusual. Sometimes it takes on an acidic hue:

Up close it looks like this; moss and rare green leaves:

Saxifrage was periodically found under our feet. It had already stopped blossoming but sometimes there are "belated" bushes:

Looks almost like Ying and Yang:

Sometimes topsoil is pulled like a blanket, and the stones underneath can be seen: 

And here you can see stone streams. I wonder how they formed?

Deer are everywhere. As I said, there are about 10,000 of them. Although they are wild, they are not afraid of people:

Besides deer there are ducks that swim in the lake:  

Finally, we reached the waterfalls. There are almost three dozen cascades:

Streams meander toward the sea:

Despite the fact that it was the end of August, there was still snow in some crevices:

Such a beautiful lake! There was no wind so the water's surface looked like a mirror:

More snow:

Green moss and snow spots co-exist; unusual. I did not add any saturation in Photoshop, the colors in this picture are all real!  

On our way back we found a creek with algae. From the side it looks like oil or some strange substance:

On the other side of the fjord you can see the 

glacier

. We went there later:

We headed back down the slope. From the height there is a breathtaking panorama of the lake, fjord and mountains in the distance:

The fields of moss were again replaced by a stone desert:

The clouds were very low, in some places they fell down to the ground:

The peak of the mountain was hidden in the fog. I wanted to put on 3D glasses so I could focus the mountain:

We had just boarded a boat as the sun came out and lit up the valley:

Back in Barentsburg!
Author: Sergeydolya
Source: sergeydolya.livejournal.com

Translated by: Gian Luka

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