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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...

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In a national park at the northern tip of Spitsbergen, the Woodfjord stretches 64 kilometers (40 miles) inland where 1,310-meter-high (4,300-foot-high) peaks reign and polar bears roam. It’s a stunning sight in the Liefdefjord sidearm to...

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Nordaustlandet, Svalbard and Jan Mayen

Meltwater rivers plunge down the steep ice cliffs of the Austfonna and Bråsvellbreen glaciers on Svalbard’s second-largest island of Nordaustlandet. A narrow passage between Nordaustlandet and Spitsbergen islands, the Hinlopen Strait...

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Sjuøyane, Svalbard and Jan Mayen

The Sjuøyane archipelago’s name means “seven islands,” and most of them (such as the largest island Parryøya) feature rough, hat-shaped gneiss and granite mountains that jut skyward. Little Tavleøya is...

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The Søraust-Svalbard Nature Reserve is made up of Svalbard’s eastern islands of Barentsøya and Edgeøya where birdlife is abundant and Atlantic walrus populations continue to rebound after having been hunted severely for...