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Longyearbyen

(lông`yērbü'ən), town and administrative center of SvalbardSvalbard
, archipelago (23,958 sq mi/62,051 sq km), island group (2015 est. pop. 2,700), possession of Norway, located in the Arctic Ocean, c.400 mi (640 km) N of the Norwegian mainland and between lat. 74°N and 81°N.
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, on Isfjorden, SpitsbergenSpitsbergen
, formerly Vestspitsbergen,
largest island (15,075 sq mi/39,044 sq km) of Svalbard, a Norwegian possession in the Arctic Ocean. It rises to Newtontoppen Mt. (c.5,650 ft/1,720 m), the highest point.
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 island. It was founded (1905) as a coal-mining settlement by an American company and named after the American miner J. M. Longyear. Its coal mines were transferred to a Norwegian company in 1916. The town was destroyed (Sept., 1943) by German battleships but was quickly rebuilt; coal mining remains signifcant, but tourism is increasingly important. The Svalbard International Seed Vault, a seed bank designed as a global backup storage facility, is inside a mountain near the town.

Longyearbyen

a village on Spitsbergen island, administrative centre of the Svalbard archipelago: coal-mining
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Undeterred, FWD stepped in with the idea to create and organize its own marathon at Longyearbyen so that runners could still fulfill their ambitions to complete a marathon in sub-zero temperatures and extreme winter conditions.
See basecampexplorer.com | Norwegian flies from London Gatwick to Longyearbyen in Svalbard, via Oslo, from PS109 one way.
There are no roads outside of the settlements of Longyearbyen, Barentsburg and Ny-Alesund.
VENTURING ACROSS ARCTIC DESERT A NIGHT spent cocooned in the log cabin loveliness of Longyearbyen's Basecamp Hotel was essential preparation for my 72-hour, 300km snowmobile safari and, as snow crystals form on the tips of my eyelashes, I fondly recall the toe-tingling Snowmobile guide warmth of log fires like an all-too-distant memory.
Longyearbyen's Basecamp Hotel was essential preparation for my 72-hour, 300km snowmobile safari, and as snow crystals form on the tips of my eyelashes, I fondly recall the toe-tingling warmth of log fires like an all-too-distant memory.
o, ugh s Crossing Adventdalen (the main valley closest to Longyearbyen), we slalom through twists and turns carved out by meandering summer channels, and I grip my driver in a wrestling hold as I nervously ride pillion.
Crossing Adventdalen o, ugh s Snowmobile guide Marthe (the main valley closest to Longyearbyen), we slalom through twists and turns carved out by meandering summer channels, and I grip my driver in a wrestling hold as I nervously ride pillion.
'Most of Svalbard's bears live mainly on the pack ice, in areas protected by the Norwegian government, hundreds of miles north of Longyearbyen,' explains Heidi Krajewsky, the Polar Pioneer's naturalist and director of the Marine and Education Research Society, a British Columbia-based NGO.
Fans of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy - and those of the murder mystery TV series Fortitude - will be familiar with Svalbard; Longyearbyen is its main port, with a striking collection of multicoloured homes and an eerie aerial tramway that carried coal to the harbour.
residential area in Longyearbyen. Several people were injured and
LONGYEARBYEN, Norway -- Sky-gazers looked up in awe Friday as the moon blocked the sun in a total solar eclipse that momentarily darkened a slice of northern Europe.
The bear was shot dead, and the man, part of a group of six people who were on a snowscooter and skiing tour and staying in tents, was flown by helicopter to hospital in Longyearbyen, the main settlement on Svalbard, a police spokesman said.