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A view of the colorful houses along Port Longyearbyen

Longyearbyen Outer P/S

One of the world’s unique destinations, the Svalbard archipelago lies over 640 kilometers (400 miles) north of the Norwegian mainland, deep inside the Arctic Circle. Amid the vast wilderness of mountains and glaciers is Longyearbyen, a tiny, thriving community of miners, researchers, students and their families who endure the harsh conditions to make this small town the northernmost permanently inhabited place on earth.The fjords of Svalbard provide a reminder that at this latitude, nature is in charge. Instead of lush green grass and waterfalls, you'll see sheer cliffs of ice rising from the freezing water. Sailing on the ice fjord means you'll be able to get up close and personal with the diverse birdlife of the ice cliffs, home to puffins, guillemots, gulls and more. The archipelago is also home to a few thousand polar bears. Although rarely seen close to Longyearbyen in the summer months, polar bears roam the islands all year round, so tourists are not allowed to leave the town without a guide. Aboard the ship, you'll be able to fully appreciate this remarkable destination.