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Setting sail from Longyearbyen
This is the world's northernmost city and the base for tourism in Svalbard. A bit quirky, as you would expect from somewhere that spends four months of the year in near darkness, Longyearbyen doesn't take long to explore. Its brightly coloured wooden houses are built on stilts, as the ground in Svalbard is permafrost. When you enter a building, you are normally asked to remove your shoes, and leave your gun at the door. Gun carrying is more or less essential for the locals, as with 3,000 local hungry polar bears, it is said that you never know when you might need protection. That said, we visited safely without a gun!
At the so called heart of the city, Huset has long been the centre for culture and community. Go there for great food and to sample one of the largest wine cellars in Europe!
Svalbard and Jan Mayen: Sør-Spitsbergen National Park, Isbukta (Spitsbergen)
Svalbard and Jan Mayen: Jan Mayen
The island of Jan Mayen sits several hundred miles north of Iceland, a remote and inaccessible place where tourist numbers are strictly limited. Towering Mount Beerenburg is the world’s northernmost active volcano, and there is no human settlement except for a very lonely Norwegian weather station.
Greenland: Watkins Fjord, Storo Island, Tugtilik
Tasiilaq is the largest town on Greenland’s sparsely populated east coast, and is home to around 2,000 hardy souls. Walking around town you’ll see dog sleds and kayaks made from animal hides, while the surrounding landscape is home to glaciers, caves and wildlife including seals and dolphins.
The Sermilik Fjord is the largest in southeastern Greenland, its waters fed by several glaciers which calve icebergs into the sea. The region was first mapped by the Danish explorer Gustav Holm in 1884, and nowadays Sermilik is home to a Danish research station which monitors the glaciers and the local climate.
Greenland: Qingminguartalik, Nansen Fjord
The uninhabited island of Skjoldungen is situated on Greenland’s rugged east coast, between the Northern and Southern Skjoldungenfjord. Here you’ll find a starkly beautiful landscape of snow-capped mountains, steep valley sides and icebergs in crystalline shades of white and blue.
Greenland: Prince Christian Sound
The spectacular Prince Christian Sound provides a protected passage for ships rounding the southern tip of Greenland, at times narrowing to just 1,500 feet across. Waterfalls cascade down the rugged mountain sides, and you can often spot whales and seals amongst the icebergs.
Greenland: Augpilatok (Prins Christian Sund)
The sheep farming settlement of Igaliku is home to fewer than 30 permanent residents, in a picturesque spot surrounded by mountains in the south of Greenland. The village is notable for its Norse ruins and sandstone architecture, quite different to the wooden houses you see elsewhere in Greenland.
The famous Norse explorer Erik the Red chose the area around Narsaq to establish his first settlements in Greenland, and you can still see Norse ruins dating back over 1,000 years. You can learn more at the town’s museum, which also includes exhibits on kayaks and traditional clothing.
Greenland: Evighedsfjorden Fjord
Arriving in Kangerlussuaq
Founded in 1941 as a US Air Force base, Kangerlussuaq is home to Greenland's main airport and a place that most visitors to the country will pass through at some point. The town also offers easy access to the magnificent Greenland Ice Cap, and the surrounding countryside is a great place to see the Northern Lights.
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Where to stay in Longyearbyen
There’s really not much choice! Go for the Radisson Blu.
Travel out of Longyearbyen by snow scooter or dog sled to take a look at the amazing scenery and hunt for wildlife.