The World’s Svalbard Expedition: Exploring the Signehmna Landing Site and WWII History

We took a Zodiac from the Ship to the Signehamna landing on the shore of Krossfjorden

 

Sailing north on the western side of Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, our next stop was at the Signehamna landing site on Krossfjorden. With an Arctic historian who was part of our expedition team, we hiked about a mile from our Zodiac boat landing site to a small lake that was not visible from the fjord/landing site. Nearby we found the remains of the secret, hidden “Knospe” German World War II weather station. After lunch, our Ship sailed by the tidewater glacier at the end of the fjord and we were able to take some scenic photographs.

 

After hiking about a mile (1.6 km) from the landing site we came across this small lake and an important World War II site

  The remains of the German World War II remote semi-automated weather station – “Knospe” — that was invisible from the Signehamna landing site on Krossfjorden, Spitsbergen, Svalbard

 

On our hike at the “Knospe” German World War II weather station, Seb, the historian who was an expedition guide sailing around Svalbard with us, told us some stories about the Norwegian – German fighting in Krossfjorden during World War II, related to the weather station.

 

Viewed from our Ship at anchor in Signehamna, Krossfjorden, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, the tidewater glacier can be seen to be flowing downhill into the fjord

 

The glacier, as seen later in the morning as we sailed by before exiting Krossfjorden

   

Our last glimpse of the tidewater glacier in Krossfjorden, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, as our Ship turned around to sail out of the fjord

Posted by Rich E.
August 22, 2018