Svalbard is the northernmost populated place on earth. Longyear has three kindergartens, a school, cafees, library and a big tourist industry. It's isolated, and the only way to leave is by plane.
I need a few more ways out, so living there wouldn't be for me. But I loved to visit! And I see why people get addicted to the Extreme Arctic Lifestyle.
It's a magnetic place.
As you can see from the sign above, there is a good reason for the fence surrounding the kindergarten.
I'm somewhere behind that "hat".
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