Mestersvig

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Mestersvig
Military outpost
The outpost seen from the runway
The outpost seen from the runway
Mestersvig is located in Greenland
Mestersvig
Mestersvig
Location in Greenland
Coordinates: 72°14′0″N 23°55′0″W / 72.23333°N 23.91667°W / 72.23333; -23.91667

Mestersvig, also called Mesters Vig, is a military outpost located in Scoresby Land, on the southern shore of the King Oscar Fjord in King Christian X Land, in Greenland. It has a 1,800 m gravel airstrip (ICAO: BGMV).

This airport is located near the Stauning Alps mountainous area.[1]

History

From 1956 to 1963, Mestersvig was a zinc and lead mine.

Later Mestersvig used to be the only permanent station in the Northeast Greenland National Park but all of the 1986 population of 40 has been split up into the three newer Northeast Greenland National Park research stations (Danmarkshavn, Nord and Daneborg) except a permanent population of two people, although tourists visit the station occasionally.

In September 2015, as part of the newest defence agreement to increase the enforcement of sovereignty in Greenland, Mission Mestersvig was executed. The mission was to test the responsiveness of the military of Denmark and if the equipment could handle winter weather. HDMS Thetis, parts of the Guard Hussar Regiment, Hunter Corps and the Danish Frogman Corps all participated in the exercise.[2]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Climbing and Mountaineering in Greenland". Lonely Planet. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  2. ^ LYNGDAHL, LARS. "Mission Mestersvig 1:2". TV2 Nord (in Danish). Retrieved 11 January 2016.