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Svalbard - Territory of the polar bears

  • Spitzbergen

    Welcome to the island of Spitzbergen, Svalbard. This group of islands lie in the Arctic ocean far north, ranging from 74 to 81 degrees North.

    [The island of Spitzbergen]

  • Spitzbergen

    [The island of Spitzbergen]

  • Spitzbergen

    [The island of Spitzbergen]

  • Spitzbergen

    [The island of Spitzbergen]

  • The village

    Longyearbyen is the largest community in the Svalbard archipelago. It is located on the entrance of Advent valley in the western part of the largest island Spitsbergen.

    [Longyearbyen village]

  • Roaming the village

    It is a wonder to wake up in this beautiful village, surrounded by glaciers.

    [Longyearbyen village]

  • The first sign of trouble

    Welcome to the polar bear territories. I advice you not to stay for lunch, as you will probably be the lunch itself.

    [Advent valley]

  • Local bus

    The Svalbard way of traveling, entirely free of evil ticket controllers. Step aboard, ladies and gentlemen.

    [Advent valley]

  • The road to nothingness

    [Advent valley]

  • Up the hill

    Walking to the nearby mountain called The Sarcophagus. Rifle on the back is essential, since there are as many polar bears as settlers on the island.

    [Kristian in Nybyen]

  • Bridge over River Kwai

    Drop dead, Indiana Jones.

    [Kristian in Nybyen]

  • At the foot of the glacier

    We sat at the foot of the glacier, observing a polar fox above us which ran around looking for something.

    [Reine with the alaskan malamuts Bamse and Vargtass]

  • Hi-ho, hi-ho, back from work we go

    Remnants of the old mining activities can be seen all over the area.

    [Home of the seven dwarfs, Nybyen]

  • THX certified?

    This is actually the closest thing to a local cinema.

    [Huset, Nybyen]

  • Red river

    No photographs can do the nature justice.

    [Advent valley]

  • Rocky IV

    One small step for man and his Meindl boots.

    [Bear valley]

  • Valley of the bears

    Entering the bear valley. Luckily we were armed.

    [Bear valley]

  • Man's best friend

    The alaskan malamuts can be quite cuddly when they choose to. As the phantom would say, it's not a dog, it's a wolf.

    [Tor with Vargtass]

  • Rocky mountains

    Left or right?

    [Bear valley]

  • Scorched Earth

    I know what the old vikings would call this place if they would have gotten this far.

    [Nybyen]

  • The one that got away

    A lone scooter in the wilderness. The very essence of this landscape.

    [Nybyen]