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Spitsbergen

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Spitsbergen Longyearbyen  Svalbard and Jan Mayen

Spitsbergen

The largest of the Svalbard islands, Spitsbergen is home to the world’s northernmost town of Longyearbyen. Along its west coast, ships slip between its shores and Forlandet, a slim national park of an island with jagged, snowy peaks. Farther upcoast, the 79-meter-high (260-foot-high) ice wall of Lilliehöök glacier peeks out of the oft-present fog. In the eight-kilometer-long (five-mile-long) Magdalenafjord, visitors watch walruses play on the beach near remains of old whaling camps.