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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. When the first explorers laid eyes on the icy shores of Svalbard, there was nothing but sharp mountains reaching for the sky. The choice of name for the largest island was quite obvious: Spitzbergen means, in rough translation, 'jagged mountains'.

    [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. It has a population of about 1600 people and during the fall the coal miners return from the mainland to work here. Due to its northern longitude, it's dark 24/7 during the winter part of the year. The settlement was founded in 1906 by the American mining entrepreneur John Munroe Longyear, for whom it is named.

    [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, perhaps the eggs of the birds that kept attacking him.

    [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]

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