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Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway (78° north)

Early in June I had the honour of visiting this remote town that is widely considered the northernmost in the world. In the picture you can see the world's northernmost shopping center, supermarket and hospital. The northernmost school, kindergarten and paved road can also be found here. And if you're at the north pole looking for an ATM, then this is the place to go.

The time was 11 pm when I had finished my walk around town and decided to go hiking. And up here the sun isn't stopping you. With 24 hours of daylight you do as you wish. Within the town boundaries, that is. Because in Svalbard there are about as many polar bears as there are people - around 3,000 - and they can attack anytime. So outside of the town boundaries you are obligated to carry a weapon. This includes the mountains surrounding it. Luckily I found some locals who were going the same way and we all got this view towards the Advent Valley as we ascended the mountain and the time passed midnight.

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Additional Photos by Fredrik Henriksen (Bergenphotos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 271 W: 53 N: 654] (3326)
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