SVALBARD

Information about travelling to Svalbard

Svalbard is located in Northern Europe, island between the Greenland Sea and the Norwegian Sea, northeast of Iceland

Facts about Svalbard
Populationno indigenous inhabitants
Capital
Time zone
Location Northern Europe, island between the Greenland Sea and the Norwegian Sea, northeast of Iceland

General info about Svalbard
This desolate, arctic, mountainous island was named after a Dutch whaling captain who indisputably discovered it in 1614 (earlier claims are inconclusive). Visited only occasionally by seal hunters and trappers over the following centuries, the island came under Norwegian sovereignty in 1929. The long dormant Haakon VII Toppen/Beerenberg volcano resumed activity in 1970; the most recent eruption occurred in 1985. It is the northernmost active volcano on earth.
Climate
arctic maritime with frequent storms and persistent fog
Resources
none
Economy
Jan Mayen is a volcanic island with no exploitable natural resources. Economic activity is limited to providing services for employees of Norway's radio and meteorological stations on the island.    Communications    Jan Mayen Top of Page
Environment
NA

Cities in Svalbard

barentsburg     longyearbyen     ny-alesund    



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