Svalbard, land of the Isbjörn May 22nd 2008 "Come, watch the tones of changing light
From starlit days to sun-filled nights.
Refreshed from Polar Night's calm sleep,
With gentle sunrays, time I keep!"
So reads the 24-hour sundial in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, a land of extremes. Located at 79 degrees north, Longyearbyen is well past the Arctic circle and holds claim to several 'northernmost' records. The town of 2000 formerly was dedicated ... read more
Europe » Svalbard » Spitsbergen First discovered by the Norwegians in the 12th century, the islands served as an international whaling base during the 17th and 18th centuries. Norway's sovereignty was recognized in 1920; five years later it officially took over the territory.... ... read more
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