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From: MS Nordstjernen cruise review


Magdalenefjord and Gravneset

The 130 graves of the old whalers' cemetery are on the left, behind a fence that Svalbard authorities have erected to prevent damage by tourists and wilderness campers. Nearby are the remains of stone blubber ovens: In the 1600s and 1700s, whalers would carve up dead whales on the beach, render their blubber in huge iron pots, and export the finished whale oil to the Netherland, Britain, and other countries.

In the background, behind the Nordstjernen, are the sharp peaks that inspired William Barents to name the island "Spitsbergen" ("pointed mountains") when he discovered Svalbard in 1596.

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