Last year, I was lucky enough to check off yet another point on my Bucketlist; a visit to Svalbard!
The Svalbard Islands are located in Arctic Ocean, halfway between Norway and the North Pole. This place has fascinated travels for a long time – here, you will find untouched arctic wilderness and a unique wildlife hand in hand, as well as an introduction to the interesting history of the famous coal mines. And if you are lucky, maybe you will spot a polo bear or two!
Svalbard offers a variety of adventures, depending on the season; experience the midnight sun and endless arctic tundra in the summer, see and explore the Town of Longyearbyen, or maybe the Russian architecture and culture combined with wilderness in the town of Barentsburg, or the magical and mythical Northern Lights dancing in the sky in the winter time. Another tip is a visit to Pyramiden, an old abandoned Russian mining settlement. In fact, National Geographic named it “one of the most fascinating ghost towns” in the world. For outdoor enthusiasts, activities such as snowmobile safaris, ice cave walks, walrus safari, dog sledding tours, and outdoor city walks with arctic meals are great options.
Despite depending on the income of tourism, Svalbard is a certified Sustainable Destination, a seal of approval given to destinations that work systematically to reduce the negative impact of tourism. It’s expensive to protect, prevent, preserve and repair, therefore, everyone who visits must pay a small environmental fee which goes toward protecting the environment and cultural heritage. You can read more about it here!
Here are some pictures;
It was such a great experience! Have you ever been to the Arctic before?