Sunday, September 19, 2010

Experience Spitsbergen, Svalbard

Isfjorden, Svalbard. Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad

When you decide to take a cruise to Arctic Norway and visit Spitsbergen, Svalbard, you may sail into Isfjorden ("the Ice fjord") to the glacier Nordenskiöldbreen and the deserted Russian mining settlement at Pyramiden. The mountains here are spectacular. It is really breathtaking, as I hope this picture shows. The mountains on Spitsbergen, Svalbard house some of the most interesting fossils ever found. There are even separate excursions that will take you to fossil rich places where you can pick the fossils you want. There are also a lot of other excursions for the more adventurous, like trips on snow mobile, dog sleds, polar bear safaris and much more. Most of them starts in Longyearbyen.

In the winter you may experience the Northern Lights here, and in the summer they have the midnight sun from 19 April to 22 August!

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