Friday, March 25, 2011

On 78 Degrees North

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.

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As you can see from the sign above, there is a good reason for the fence surrounding the kindergarten.

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I'm somewhere behind that "hat".

More pictures on Flickr.!

10 comments:

liza said...

Amazing. I love learning about your places! So cold! You look so cute in your hat and big coat.

Malyss said...

I'm so glad you shared your pictures, because this kind of place MAKES ME DREAM!!!But until now, I could never go!It's on my to-do-list! First step: your flickr! :) Thank you again!

christinelaennec said...

Wow. Isn't our planet amazing, and aren't human beings amazing to live in a place like that?! Thanks for showing us this.

ibb said...

Incredible...that white, that so many whites...and be carefull with bears with that hat you can be confussed

Vicky said...

Wow, I love seeing your pictures.

Di said...

Wow - looks beautiful - but a little too extreme/remote for me! I agree- whilst i live on an island it is quite a big one - not sure I could live on a small island!

Love the hat!

likeschocolate said...

I also couldn't live anywhere where were the only way out is by plane.

Menthe Blanche said...

I enjoy watching your pictures. It's a world apart, so different and so awesome. Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I read the linked article. They can't grow anything at those temps--I wonder if they use greenhouses or fly all their food in. It was interesting how someplace as remote as that did not escape the devastation of World War II. I think I just realized how truly worldwide that war was. Could they not help themselves from bombing everything and everyone if they felt like it? Evidently not.

Nancy / summer sky said...

so the kindergarten has a polar bear fence? that sounds exciting!

it is so beautiful, but I agree, a place reachable only by plane would not be for me.

thanks for 'reporting back!'

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