PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Svalbard Islands, Norway

Mountains of Svalbard

Svalbard, Norway By: John Buckley

Svalbard, Norway formerly known by its Dutch name Spitsbergen) is a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. Situated north of mainland Europe, it is about midway between continental Norway and the North Pole.  It’s rugged, remote terrain of glaciers and frozen tundra are home to polar bears, Svalbard reindeer and Arctic foxes and humanity’s last hope, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The Northern Lights are visible during winter, and summer brings the “midnight sun”—sunlight 24 hours a day.  The main settlement is Longyearbyen.

Interested in learning more? Our own John Buckley explores life in Svalbard.