Svalbard, Norway

The famous Austfonna glacier flowing into the Arctic sea. On the left-hand side, you see impressive clouds that get thinner to the right until they reach the blue sky.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 11 September, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a Canon EOS-1D X and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/18
  • Exposure time: 1/250s
  • ISO: 400
  • Focal Length: 40mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 5142 by 1728 pixels (WxH).

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A beautiful fine art landscape photograph of the famous Austfonna glacier flowing into the Arctic sea. On the left-hand side, you see impressive clouds that get thinner to the right until they reach the blue sky. On the opposite, the Austfonna Glacier gets thicker as it goes off to the right. The beautiful clouds to the left and the ice sheet to the right balance the composition beautifully in this fine art photography.

The name Austfonna means ‘eastern ice cap.’ The surface area is a whopping 8100 square kilometers. The icy cliffs are about 180 km long, interrupted only by very few, small rocky outcrops. Therefore, it is the longest glacier in the northern hemisphere. It is the seventh-largest in the world. This glacier also connects to the Bråsvellbreen glacier. However, the boundary between them is not visible. The difference between the two is the ice flow. Bråsvellbreen has faster-flowing ice and thus a higher ice turnover.

The Austfonna Glacier is a large ice cap. On the surface, meltwater forms streams during the summer, which descend on the front of the glacier – forming spectacular waterfalls in some places. These glaciers have been the same for hundreds and thousands of years. Time certainly stands still here. It looks like something out of a fairytale or the surface of another planet. The best time to travel here is from the beginning of March till October.

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