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Spitsbergen Svalbard: A Complete Guide Around the Arctic Archipelago

by Stange, R.

  • Paperback £30.00
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  • Catalogue No : 55196
  • ISBN : 9783937903538
  • Published : 2023
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 608
  • Publisher : Rolf Stange
  • Illustrations : 267 col photos, col illus, col + b/w maps

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Fifth edition, English version. The new English edition is updated and revised.

The Spitsbergen - Svalbard travel guide provides comprehensive information: background information such as Spitsbergen's history, animals and plants, geology and geomorphology (glaciers, permafrost), climate and weather are dealt with. Those interested in history will find information from the discovery of Spitsbergen by the Dutchman Willem Barentsz, the Russian pomors, whalers and trappers to the North Pole expeditions of the 1920s (Amundsen, Nobile).

Travel times from the polar night with its northern lights to the polar summer with the midnight sun are described, as well as all important types of travel, from ship trips (sailing ship to cruise ship), winter snowmobile trips, dog sled tours, ski hikes, day hikes near Longyearbyen.

Longyearbyen as the capital of Spitsbergen and the first port of call for tourists is presented in detail. There are sections describing many popular excursions, from day trips by foot, boat or snowmobile to longer expedition-style tours such as trekking tours (Spitsbergen east coast, Dickson Land).

All regions of Spitsbergen and the neighboring islands, i.e. the entire Svalbard archipelago, are also presented in detail, so that you can always find out more about the fjord or island you are visiting on any ship trip, from cruises to expedition-type sailing ship trips .

Of course, the big topic of polar bears is not missing either: there is a lot of space in the book both for dealing with the danger posed by polar bears and for the polar bear as an arctic character animal species. Other safety instructions and legal regulations that you need to know as a responsible Arctic tourist are not missing either.

More than 250 colour photos and numerous maps close to the text illustrate Spitsbergen and provide a geographical overview.

In short: the book offers all the information you need - before, during and after the trip.

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