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Svalbard Travel Notes -- Svalbard is an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, formerly Spitsbergen, between Norway and the North Pole.

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Svalbard comprises all lands between latitude 74 and 81 North and between longitude 10 and 35 East.

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Arctic Discovery, Main Svalbard Islands, Map of Svalbard, Svalbard Tours, Svalbard Travel Guides.


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Svalbard - An Arctic Discovery

Svalbard, a part of Norway, is an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, formerly Spitsbergen, between Norway and the North Pole.

Map of Svalbard

Early Norwegian stories mentioned Svalbard, and the islands were rediscovered by a Dutch expedition under the navigator Willem Barents in 1596.

The first settlement was founded when the Norwegians started mining coal in the region during the 1890s and Norway's claim to the islands was formally recognised in 1920.

The islands of Svalbard were used for several polar expeditions, including that of Sir William Parry in 1827, Fridtjof Nansen in 1893, and Roald Amundsen and Umberto Nobile in 1926.

Where to Stay in Longyearbyen.

Main Svalbard Islands

The main islands of Svalbard are Spitsbergen, Nordaustlandet, Barentsoya, Edgeoya, Kong Karls Land, Prins Karls Forland, and Bjornoya.

Svalbard, the Arctic Pearl:
Tourist information for the arctic archipelago Svalbard, Spitsbergen.

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Svalbard Tours

Svalbard Polar Travel:
Come along on a unique journey to one of the world's most remote areas. Experience penguins, enormous mountains of ice and a spectacular landscape where man is still the exception rather than the rule.

Spitsbergen Travel:
Polar bear safaris and igloo camps. This tour site also includes some miscellaneous facts and wonderful polar photography to enjoy.

Svalbard Snowmobile Rental:
One of the largest snowmobile rental firms on Svalbard and have more than 100 snowmobiles for hire. Svalbard Snoscooterutleie also arrange guided snowmobile tours every day; to different destinations on Svalbard.

Svalbard Travel Guides

Svalbard, 5th: Spitzbergen, Jan Mayen, Frank Josef Land (Bradt Travel Guides) Spitsbergen Explorer Map by Ocean Explorer Maps

Svalbard - Spitsbergen - Svalbard Maps.

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