They change their climate, not their soul, who rush across the sea.
— Horace, 65 - 8 B.C.

Svalbard and Jan Mayen


Svalbard and Jan Mayen

First discovered by the Norwegians in the 12th century, the islands served as an international whaling base during the 17th and 18th centuries. Norway's sovereignty was recognized in 1920; five years later it officially took over the territory.


Jan Mayen is an island between Greenland and Norway in the Arctic Ocean.

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Svalbard and Jan MayenRadisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen 

Road 500
Postboks 554
Longyearbyen 9171
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Price (US$): $320 - $321 / night

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Location. Located in central Longyearbyen, Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen is near the airport and within walking distance of University Centre in Svalbard. Hotel Features. Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. The hotel serves a complimentary breakfast. Recreational amenities include a sauna. This 4 star property offers small meeting rooms, audiovisual… more »

Svalbard and Jan MayenSpitsbergen Guesthouse 

Longyearbyen 9171
Svalbard and Jan Mayen

Price (US$): $147 - $165 / night

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Location. Located in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen Guesthouse is in the mountains and close to University Centre in Svalbard. Hotel Features. Spitsbergen Guesthouse features tour/ticket assistance, gift shops/newsstands, and laundry facilities. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas and the hotel has an Internet point. Additional property amenities include a television in the lobby. Guestrooms. There are 75 guestrooms at Spitsbergen Guesthouse. Accommodations offer… more »

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Svalbard and Jan Mayen


Northern Europe, islands between the Arctic Ocean, Barents Sea, Greenland Sea, and Norwegian Sea, north of Norway

Geographic coordinates

78 00 N, 20 00 E

Area comparative

slightly smaller than West Virginia


3,587 km


arctic, tempered by warm North Atlantic Current; cool summers, cold winters; North Atlantic Current flows along west and north coasts of Spitsbergen, keeping water open and navigable most of the year


wild, rugged mountains; much of high land ice covered; west coast clear of ice about one-half of the year; fjords along west and north coasts

Lowest point

Arctic Ocean 0 m

Highest point

Newtontoppen 1,717 m

Natural resources

coal, iron ore, copper, zinc, phosphate, wildlife, fish


2,067 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Norwegian 55.4%, Russian and Ukrainian 44.3%, other 0.3% (1998)


Norwegian, Russian

Government type



none (territory of Norway)

Chief of state

King HARALD V of Norway (since 17 January 1991)

Head of government

Governor Odd Olsen INGERO (since September 2009); Assistant Governor Lars FAUSE (since September 2008)

Internet country code



4 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Barentsburg, Longyearbyen, Ny-Alesund, Pyramiden

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