Svalbard: Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, Franz Josef Land by Andreas UmbreitSvalbard: Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, Franz Josef Land by Andreas Umbreit

Svalbard: Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, Franz Josef Land

byAndreas Umbreit

Paperback | June 26, 2018

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The Bradt guide to Svalbard, including Spitsbergen, Franz Josef Land and Jan Mayen, is a unique, standalone guidebook to this evocative Arctic archipelago, a place that is plunged into darkness for four months each year and where there are 4,000 snow scooters for a population of just 2,500, and where the main city, Longyearbyen, was founded by an American (John Longyear, a Bostonian, started the Arctic Coal Company and set up a mining operation for some 500 people in 1906). This new sixth edition has been thoroughly updated throughout and offers new material on everything from adventure tours to accommodation, environmental change to restaurants. Also covered are the restoration of Barentsburg and the opening of Svalbard's historic mine to visitors. Newly updated and amended, this edition reflects important recent changes in the archipelago, making it the perfect guide to a quintessential bucket-list destination.Possibly the most remote destination in the developed world, Svalbard is the planet's most northerly settled land and the top (if not the end) of the world, and it was on and around Svalbard that most of David Attenborough's Frozen Planet was filmed. A trip to Svalbard easily lends itself to notching up geographic superlatives and adventurous travellers seek out experiences such as husky driving and hikes across the permafrost. The main tourist period falls in Svalbard's brief summer, from June to August, when it's light around the clock and not very cold. However, increasingly popular for winter sports - especially because the next few years will enjoy unusually high Northern Lights activity - are the so-called 'light winter' months (March-May), when there is both sunlight and snow. The winter season (November/December-March) offers many possibilities for outdoor adventure - and the polar night is an experience in itself. Despite winter temperatures that can drop to over 40 below zero, Svalbard's glorious mountains, majestic fjords and sprawling valleys are the perfect setting for adventurous journeys out to the back of beyond. This brand-new edition of Svalbard provides all of the practical and background information you'll need to explore this wild place, turning the hostile into the hospitable.
James Proctor first came across all things Nordic as a student. After mistakenly wandering into a Swedish lecture, he soon realised that his native Yorkshire dialect, liberally laced with dozens of old Viking words, was going to make learning this offbeat Scandinavian language a doddle. And so began a love affair with the Nordic countr...
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Title:Svalbard: Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, Franz Josef LandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.69 × 5.46 × 0.5 inPublished:June 26, 2018Publisher:Bradt Travel GuidesLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1784770477

ISBN - 13:9781784770471

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from useful! This guide has so much information, yet it was easy to use and definitely came in handy!
Date published: 2018-07-16

Table of Contents

PART 1 GENERAL INFORMATION Chapter 1 Background Information Geography, Climate, History, Natural history and conservation Chapter 2 Practical Information When to visit, Tour operators and independent travel, Possible activities, Travel for non-tourists, Red tape, Getting there and away, Health, Safety, Travelling with a disabilities, What to take PART 2 SVALBARD Chapter 3 Svalbard's Regions (Vest) Spitsbergen, Nordaustlandet, Edgeoya and Tusenoyane, Barentsoya, Kvitoya, Prins Karls Forland, Kong Karls Land, Bjornoya (Bear Island), Hopen Chapter 4 Cruising Traditional cruises, Expedition cruises, The cruising season, Life on board, Clothing, Cruise routes Chapter 5 In Svalbard Getting around, Tourist information, Money and banking, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Shopping, Photography and video, Media and communications, Sport Chapter 6 Svalbard's Settlements and Stations Longyearbyen, Barentsburg, Sveagruva, Pyramiden, Ny-Alesund, Hornsund, Norwegian stations, Trapper stations, Drilling stations PART 3 FRANZ JOSEF LAND Chapter 7 Franz Josef Land Geology and geography, Climate, Wildlife and conservation, History, Practical information, The islands PART 4 JAN MAYEN Chapter 8 Jan Mayen Geology and geography, Climate, Wildlife and conservation, History, Practical information Appendices Glossary/Other Further info Index

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