SVAL­BARD

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Next we de­cided to pay a call on the Lord of the Arc­tic, the gi­ant Po­lar Bear, in its do­main Sval­bard, an ar­chi­pel­ago lo­cated half­way be­tween the North Pole and the Nor­we­gian main­land. Th­ese days it is not easy to spot this mag­nif­i­cent snowy white crea­ture, who once roamed the re­gion in mil­lions. To­day, the global pop­u­la­tion of po­lar bears is es­ti­mated at around twenty five thou­sand. We were not for­tu­nate enough to see one, but in­dulged in some dog sled­ding that took us through a stun­ning land­scape of glaciers, val­leys and moun­tains. In­ci­den­tally, we were also awed to learn that Sval­bard also had the North­ern­most per­ma­nent hu­man set­tle­ment in the world, the re­search sta­tion of Ny-åle­sund.

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