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In 1920, within the framework of a peaceful Paris conference, an agreement concerning Svalbard was signed. According to it, Norway was given the sovereignty over the archipelago, but thereat, it underlined a special status of  Svalbard , which meant that in addition to Norway, any other...
There are about 1,800 km and two running days of the ship pursuing a north-east course in the Greenland Sea from Iceland to Svalbard . The Svalbard Archipelago consists of three large and seven smaller islands, as well as dozens of very small islands and skerries, stretching from north to south...
I want to tell you about the polar day in ultra-high latitudes.  Svalbard  is located so close to the pole that the polar day and polar night are so pronounced that it became of the main reasons tourists travel to that region. The polar day on Spitsbergen lasts from April 20th to August...
In fact, we had very little time to see the town of  Akureyri  which turned out to be pleasant, but quite a common one. Here’s a central street. There’s a local airport at the very end of the fjord. The  ship  left the final port in Iceland, and we admired the...
The piercing north wind was blowing, and the land was visible amidst the veil of splashes and shreds of tattered clouds. Legendary  Spitzbergen  was surrounded by ice and rough rocks. The ship entered the bay and anchored near a small village of  NY-Alesund . Tiny NY-Alesund...
Departing from  Ny-Alesund , the  ship  continues to move northwards, as visits to two of fjords were planned for that day. The first, Krossfjorden, is located very close to Ny-Alesund. On a port side, there was an incredibly beautiful rock called Mitra... The ship...
Having passed at night about 186 miles (300 kilometers) to the south between the most northern and central parts of Spitzbergen, in the morning our ship came in  Isfjorden , and then in Adventfjorden, mooring in the port of  Longyearbyen , the capital of Spitzbergen and quite a...
90's flash mobs are very popular now and in my last review about Svalbard, I offered to take you back in time to the village of  Pyramiden. This village was abandoned in 1997 and has since become a popular attraction for tourists to witness the untouched preservation of Soviet era...
Opposite the polar  Pyramiden , on the other side of the fjord, there is one of the most beautiful glaciers of Spitsbergen - Nordenskiold Glacier. Both the bay and the glacier are named after Adolf Erik Nordenskiold, a Swedish scientist/ geologist, explorer and navigator. He is...
Pyramiden  is a dormant Russian settlement in  Svalbard . Up until 1998, it was the northernmost coal mining district in the world. After many years it was closed because of a combination of circumstances: a fire in the mine caused problems when it came to extinguishing the...
Pyramiden  is a village built in the USSR for its access to the coal mines in Spitsbergen. It is now dormant because the mine was closed. Now, almost 20 years later, the village has begun to open up to tourists and, in the future, plans to convert it into a tourist site. We had the...
During my time visiting Svalbard I lost 4 lbs (2 kilograms). Moreover, it happened easily and without me noticing! We didn't starve - on the contrary, we ate a lot of good food. However, we were always going somewhere, and, as a rule, we usually went uphill.  The ascents were...
IsFjord radio is a small station that was once the point of contact between  Svalbard and Norway. Now it is a tourist complex, complete with a restaurant and a lounge room (so comfortable that I fell asleep on the couch). It was an interesting route: we went out in the morning from the...
Esmark Glacier is a gigantic mountain of thick ice, stretching for about 9 miles (15 km), bringing the to Ymerbukta. When the glacier meets the water, the ice becomes covered with crevasses. Chunks of ice fall down into the water and begin to drift with the wind and the...
There is justice! After a crushing defeat during our time fishing in the sea, near the Storseisundet Bridge, the Norwegian waters of  Svalbard fully compensated past failures. After 30 minutes of spooning near Cape Starostin, we caught six codfish and, no doubt, would have caught...
What are the tourists doing in  Svalbard ? Of course, they are walking, enjoying the amazing views of nature and the wild animals. The archipelago adjusts the traveler to a quiet and peaceful contemplation. The polar nature is something special: it seems that it is poor and faceless...
Living conditions on the polar archipelago bring their own characteristics to the life of its inhabitants. For example, there is a ban on death in  Longyearbyen - this is a real legal law prohibiting the death of residents in the town (dying leads to...
When I hear the phrase "the polar village", I imagine some dilapidated ghost village, old barracks with empty windows and an omnipresent Lenin, holding out his hand toward a bright future. Barentsburg - the Russian town in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard - completely broke the...
Before I tell you about Barentsburg, I should explain how it happened that a Russian town turned out to be in Norway. In short, the debate about who owns Svalbard lasted a long time. According to one argument, this archipelago was opened by the Vikings, and according to another...
Walking through the Norwegian  Longyearbyen,  I could not help comparing it with other remote northern cities that I have visited many times. In this article, I will try to show you how the Norwegians live in the northernmost settlement of the world... This bright picture was taken...
In 2006, in the case of a man-made disaster (nuclear war, asteroid, etc.), mankind created a special "ark" with seeds. In the 393 foot (120-meter) deep (underground) ark there are 4.5 million samples of crops from all over the world. The project, valued at $9 million, was made for Norway and can...