Glaciology students on field trip
Top image: Students on Fimbulisen. Photo: Sebastian Sikora/UNIS
Our master and PhD students in glaciology had a great field trip to Tunabreen earlier this week. The lack of sea ice caused a long detour to reach the glacier, but we believe it was worth it when we see these pictures.
3 March 2017
This week, students of the course AG-325/825 Glaciology enjoyed visiting Tunabreen, a tidewater glacier flowing into Tempelfjorden. Due to the poor sea ice conditions, the group had to take a detour via the glacier plateau Fimbulisen and down Von Postbreen, a round-trip of nearly 200 kilometers. The students got to experience an actively surging calving glacier. Tunabreen started to surge in the end of 2016, as reported earlier. The ice front is currently advancing at speeds of up to 5 meters per day. As a bonus, the students got to explore the entrance to a large ice cave, evidence of massive water flow underneath the glacier, during the past summer.