On Topofthe Worldinthe Svalbard Archipelago
by Leslie Gilbert Elman
Tapintoyourgirl-explorerat80degreesnorthlatitudein Norway”s Svalbardarchipelago, wherethepolar
bearsstilloutnumberthepeople. From Tromsø,Norway,flyinto Longyearbyenontheislandof Spitsbergen
aroundtheislands,includingthe Russianminingtownof Barentsburgandtheinternationalscientificresearch
communityat Ny Ålesund. Youmightspotpolarbears,butyou”remorelikelytoseewhales, walruses,seals
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