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Svalbard during winter was without question the most surreal and memorable trip of my life. Sure, the weather is treacherous in January (-30C), with windchill of -55C, but this is a small price to pay for the beautiful deep blue that envelopes the wide expanses of snow and sharp peaks during the few hours of sub-horizon daylight. At night you will often see amazing aurora displays, and a wondrous sky so clear that one regularly is able to see man-made satellites with the naked eye. Activiies include snowmobiling, ice-caving and dog-sledding. Its definitely not cheap, but well worth the experience. It is the world's most northerly destination for commercial aircraft, with flights available from Tromso and Oslo.

Written by  SPL77.

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Svalbard - Arctic Wild Country

At 78 degrees N – a mere 12 degrees from the North Pole – Longyearbyen is as far north as I’ve ever been. Svalbard is more commonly referred to as Spitsbergen in English. Spitsbergen is in fact the name of the largest island in the group, but Svalbard is the name of the entire archipelago. Svalbard is rugged, absurdly beautiful and has more polar bears than humans. This is Arctic wild country.

A polar bear encounter in Svalbard

I spent 2 weeks on an old Russian icebreaker here. on the 4th July we celebrated Independence day on the back of the boat with the American passengers. At the same time a polar bear was by the side of the boat eating the last remains of a seal he had caught that day.

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