Posted: August 6th, 2009 | Author: Heather | Filed under: Norway | Tags: North Pole, Norway, Svalbard | No Comments »
Svalbard is a Norwegian isle located at the midpoint between Norway’s mainland and, amazingly, the North Pole. Svalbard is actually an archipelago. The name itself translates to mean “cold coasts,” and it got its first mention way, way back in the twelfth century.
The delightfully named Longyearbyen is Svalbard’s main administrative center for Norway, as well as the local government’s seat.
In spite of what you may be thinking due to its location, Svalbard’s climate is really rather mild. The yearly rainfall and snowfall amounts to much little than you may think.
Due to the latitude, this is a location where you can enjoy midnight sun, from mid April to late August.
There are many activities you can enjoy here if you enjoy cooler climes and wintry sports without a whole lot of snow. There are snowmobile safaris, dog sledding, ice caving, boating, skiing, hikes, glacier walks, zodiac safaris, horseback riding, kayaking, hunting for fossils, visiting mines, and all kinds of other fun acitivies.