About Svalbard

Svalbard is a group of islands situated at 76 to 80 degrees north, close to the arctic ice.

Most of the islands is arctic wilderness, dominated by mountains, fjords, glaciers and arctic wildlife, but there are a few settlements.

The main settlement is the town of Longyearbyen with daily planes from Norway. The 1500 citizens is occupied by coal mining, tourism and scientific or educational work.

Svalbard is Norwegian, but there is also a Russian mining town called Barentsburg, and a Polish research station.

Have a look at the links below for more info about Svalbard.

 

 

 

Links  
Svalbard travel         
General information and lots of links.

Sysselmannen        
The Norwegian authority at Svalbard

 

Norwegian polar institute 
Lots of info about the Arctic and Antarctic.

 

Poli Arctici              
Small and devoted tour operator. Recommended.

 

Norwegian cruising guide

Devoted guidebook for sailing Norway and Svalbard

Ing. G Paulsen          
Rental and sale of field equipment.

 

Hornsund                 

Isolated Polish research station in the south

 

 

Seal

Fresh tracks of polar bear  Typical mountain formation   Camp