Spitsbergen lies halfway between Norway's mainland and the North Pole, and the largest settlement on the archipelago is Longyearbyen.
It's home to just over 2 000 people, and no other town with more than a thousand people lies further north.
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The town offers fine dining fit for royalty and nearby fjords that change according to the light cast upon them.
Just be wary of polar bears when wandering outside of town.
How to get to Lonyearbyen
You can fly to Svalbard Airport Longyear with Scandinavian Airlines from either Tromsø (year-round) or Oslo (only in summer). The region falls outside the Schengen zone so you'll need a multiple-entry visa to return to Norway's cities.
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