At the end of the world…..

Could this be the northernmost Saab ….. (cue Clarkson voice) ….. in the world?

Arjan Bronkhorst is a professional photographer – and a Saab fan – so when he spotted an early model Saab 900 abandoned in Spitsbergen he just had to get a shot of it.

Link: Arjan Bronkhorst Photography.

Make sure you click to see this one enlarged.

If you’re like me, you might be asking “Where the heck is Spitsbergen?” Well, if you thought Sweden was pretty far north, think again…..

Forgive me, but I’m doing my work from Wikipedia here. Spitsbergen is part of Norway and lies at 78° north. The Saab might be abandoned by virtue of the fact the place (apparently) has no roads, with snowmobiles, boats and aircraft being used to ferry people around. The island is around 39,000 sq km and is home to a few small permanent communities and a population of polar bears and reindeer.

78° north. That’s why I’m wondering if this could be the northernmost Saab in existence. I guess there could be another Saab further north on the island itself, or something in northern Greenland.

For mine, though, that’s the most extreme Saab graveyard I’ve heard about. My thanks to Arjan for capturing the serenity in pixels and allowing me to share it on site.

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14 Comments

  1. It’s around a 1988 model I’d guess?  Someone up in Greenland will try and trump this now you realize!

    Anyway I hope the new Saab 5 door hatch doesn’t feature any ‘opera’ windows.  Nowadays with all the blanking and masking off windows get, you’d see just a slit of light and they wouldn’t be functional at all. 

    1. A quick glance in google earth does not reveal too many roads in Greenland. There are both cars and roads in Nuuk, but that is quite a bit south. I could not spot any roads leading out of Nuuk.

  2. This photo is symbolic in so many ways. It´s a bit sad (abanded Saab) but on the other hand very positive; only Saab came this far, work is done now. Saab brought You to the edge of the world and travelling continues with a diffrent way. For me feeling is most a wounded warrior who did it´s task. Great shot anyway!

    1. I suspect the reason for the exhaust system being on the road is due to the clamps rusting off..? In Norway we use a lot of salt on the roads. But Spitsbergen might be an exception to the rule. They use a lot of scooters and probably do not bother with salt.

      Maybe we should start a rescue effort and see if we can get that 900 started again?

  3. Man, I really hate it when you drive over something and the muffler gets torn off –but it happens all the time when there are no roads.
    I think there’s an old 2 -stroke 95 up on top of those mountains!

  4. I visited Longyearbyen in Spitsbergen last year in october and the only SAAB i saw there was a relatively new 9-3 SportCombi! Typical cars there are all sorts of 4-wheel-drives so a premium ordinary car is not very typical there at all. Despite that there are not so many kilometres of roads up there, the amount of cars up there surprised me! Because there is a risk of polar bears in Spitsbergen, everybody seems to have a car (and a ski-doo too!).

  5. I wonder if there might be a Saab in Alert, Canada, the northernmost permanently inhabited place in the world (a little over 82 deg N)?  That would trump Spitsbergen by a good 4 deg !Would be interesting to know the history of this Spit Saab.  Anyone up to a little trek to get the serial number?

  6. Spitzbergen was famous in Sean Connery’s movie, The Red Tent. This was about the Italian attempt to reach the North Pole by airship. This is where Raold Amudsen was lost trying to locate the downed airship.

    Disappearance and death Amundsen monument in Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, NorwayAmundsen disappeared on 18 June 1928 while flying on a rescue mission with Norwegian pilot Leif Dietrichson, French pilot René Guilbaud, and three more Frenchmen, looking for missing members of Nobile’s crew, whose new airship Italia had crashed while returning from the North Pole. Afterwards, a wing-float and bottom gasoline tank from the French Latham 47 flying boat he was in, improvised into a replacement wing-float, was found near the Tromsø coast. It is believed that the plane crashed in fog in the Barents Sea, and that Amundsen was killed in the crash, or died shortly afterwards. His body was never found. The search for Amundsen was called off in September by the Norwegian Government. In 2003 it was suggested that the plane went down northwest of Bear Island.[citation needed]Both in 2004 and in late August 2009 an unsuccessful search was made by the Royal Norwegian Navy for the wreckage of Amundsen’s plane, using the unmanned submarine Hugin 1000. The search focused on a 40-square-mile (100 km2) area of the sea floor, and was documented by the German production company ContextTV.[14][

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