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‘Top of the World’ Arctic – Longyearbyen Svalbard

Today, I excitedly awoke to explore Longyearbyen and its remote wilderness treats. I arrived last night after sunset at midnight – though the sky never actually darkens – and was still awake for sunrise at 2am.

The Svalbard ‘city’ is laden with superlatives. It’s called ‘The top of the world.’ Home to the world’s northernmost church, post office, university and even sundial, it is charming and an utter natural beauty! Polar bears live in the vicinity so one can’t walk too far into the wilderness without a rifle for protection.

I’d read reports beforehand of it having an industrial feel. It certainly does exude its mining and whaling history. Yet I find it so much more than that. It is encircled entirely by incredible nature: mountain, seas, arctic wildlife, flora and fauna. And that is all in an unhurried and exquisitely peaceful setting. I could spend forever here.

It is cold but nowhere near as cold as it will be out in the sea. In fact, I was over-layered today and heated up pretty quickly. In fact, this is Longyearbyen’s 8th warmest summer in record with a high recorded of 17.5 deg C.

My day has been one of childlike explorations. As I discovered the waterfront and Arctic cotton in the marshlands, snow-encrusted mountains and later, went dog-sledding with huskies, I literally beamed though the perfect day.

Here are some unedited snapshots of this remote and deserted wilderness in the Arctic:

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2 thoughts on “‘Top of the World’ Arctic – Longyearbyen Svalbard

  1. Pingback: Arctic fox on Svalbard | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  2. Incredible pictures. A slightly philosophical question – Do the residents here acknowledge that they have living in perhaps one of the most beautiful places on earth or are they too bogged down by the plague of familiarity? I often wonder about the state of mind of people who live in especially well endowed natural wonders on the planet like Iceland, Switzerland, Scandinavia and NZ. I am sure there is more to life than sitting and contemplating about the lap of nature that they are relaxing in but then again, living in these places must have their positive effect on the human mind.

    Do keep us posted on the food and drinks that these locals partake in!

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