Explore a place where polar bears outnumber people

Here’s how to travel and what to do in the remote archipelago of Svalbard, Norway.

Arctic panoramas often look flat and desolate, but this Norwegian archipelago features a mountainous landscape with 2,000 miles of coastline. Home to Earth’s northernmost year-round settlement, the Svalbard region is populated but not populous—polar bears outnumber people.

In this remote terrain, the focus is squarely on nature’s grand displays.

Light: During summer months the sun never sets. In winter it never rises, but the northern lights (aurora borealis) dance across the sky.

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