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Best spots for an Arctic adventure

By: Josh Lew on Jan. 7, 2013, 2:43 p.m.
boat and ice in Svalbard, Norway

Photo: Airflore/flickr

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Svalbard, Norway

Svalbard is a group of Norwegian islands that are located in the Arctic Sea. This is the northernmost tip of Europe, so the islands are characterized by raw Arctic landscapes, with mountains, glaciers and icy, frigid conditions for most of the year. Wildlife such as polar bears, foxes, caribou, and reindeer can be seen on land, while whales, seals and walruses swim in the cold coastal waters. In the summertime, tourists can bird-watch and kayak in Svalbard, while wintertime visitors can enjoy a real Arctic adventure that includes dog sledding, skiing and mountain climbing. Though Svalbard is by no means a tourism hotspot, there is a decent infrastructure, with rental cottages, hotels, restaurants making it possible for guests to enjoy some comfort while exploring this Arctic version of paradise.