Smeerenburg, Amsterdam Island - Svalbard - 14 - Amsterdam°ya

Svalbard / Spitsbergen pictures, travel in the Arctic

Graves that were dispersed, brought together in a memorial pile. These are graves that are up to 300 years old. It inspired quite a moving reverence from the mainly Dutch passengers of the boat we were on, the whole story of Smeerenburg is apparently a significant part of Dutch history.

The remains of 101 people have been found at Smeerenburg. They probably span up to three hundred years. Long after Smeerenburg was abandoned as a whale processing works ships would readily meet up in the surrounding waters, to pass information, to go ashore for freshwater, to shelter from storms and sometimes to bury the dead.

79° 52.6' N, 011° 05.2' E

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