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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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