Spitsbergen, Norway

Travel isn’t always about going to some beach, or relaxing under the sun. It is about exploring all possible parts of the world, and experiencing different climates. That is why today we bring you Spitsbergen, the largest and only permanently populated island of the Svalbard archipelago in Norway. Constituting the western-most bulk of the archipelago, it borders the Arctic Ocean, the Norwegian Sea and the Greenland Sea. The climate of Svalbard is dominated by its high latitude, with the average summer temperature at 4 °C (39 °F) to 6 °C (43 °F) and January averages at -12 °C (10 °F) to -16 °C (3 °F).

The island has an Arctic climate, although with significantly higher temperatures than other places at the same latitude. The flora benefits from the long period of midnight sun, which compensates for the polar night. Svalbard is a breeding ground for many seabirds, and also supports polar bears, reindeer and marine mammals. Six national parks (Indre Wijdefjorden, Nordenskiöld Land, Nordre Isfjorden Land, Nordvest-Spitsbergen, Sassen-Bünsow Land and Sør-Spitsbergen) protect the largely untouched environment. The island has many glaciers, mountains and fjords. So, we really recommend you visiting a place like this, because life is about diversity, and this is surely different from your typical travel destination.

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