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Introduction to Spitsbergen

Spitsbergen is spectacular and has the greatest variation of natural features. Spitsbergen is Svalbard's largest island and the only permanently populated island of the Svalbard archipelago in Norway. This island covers an area of 39,044 km2 (15,075 sq mi), which makes it the largest island in Norway. Spitsbergen offers the adventurous visitor a truly Arctic experience, on the edge of the inhabitable world. The island is well-known for its glorious fjords, calving glaciers and impressive mountains.

The island has an Arctic climate, but in spite this region being on the North Pole it has relatively mild climate. The average summer temperature of Longyearbyen is 43 degree F, and the highest is 70.34 deg F. It receives average annual rainfall and snowfall is of 7-11 inches. Spitsbergen lies above the Arctic Circle and hence benefits from the Midnight Sun in the summers. This place between April till late August has 24 hours of sunlight to view its extravagant landscapes.

Spitsbergen is known as the land of the Polar Bear and one will also find animals like reindeer, seal, walrus, arctic fox and polar bears. The flora is also quite impressive here as there are bushes and a wide variety of Arctic wildflowers, lichen and moss.

Spitsbergen is one of the most unspoiled wilderness areas in the world, which is covered with flowing glaciers and offers incredibly diverse scenery.