Where is Svalbard?
Situated halfway between the Scandinavian Peninsula and the North Pole, the unspoilt archipelago of Svalbard is the northernmost extent of the Kingdom of Norway. Two-thirds the size of the UK, Svalbard lies between the latitudes of 74° and 81° north; all of its islands, islets and skerries are at least 500 miles inside the Arctic Circle.
This remote location means Svalbard retains the pristine natural wonders that the polar north is famed for. Dark and ice-gripped for eight months of the year, Svalbard’s landscape consists of jagged peaks supported by immense buttresses of rock that plunge into the ocean.
Vast glaciers – which constitute three-fifths of the archipelago’s mass – grind away at the barren rock and calve huge icebergs into the mirrored waters of summer.