Svalbard Dreams

Helsinki Poet

Today I suddenly got this feeling that I’d have to move to the island of Svalbard to experience one of the most northern arctic cities that exists. From the pictures that I’ve seen of Longyearbyen, the town looks ravishing despite the barren and untouched surroundings.



Mostly my interest lies in visiting Pyramiden, which is an abandoned mining settlement containing the northernmost statue of Lenin. From the pictures the settlement could be thought to be haunted. A very inspiring atmosphere shrouds the entirety of the island.



Many would-be tourists like myself are usually interested in seeing the polar bears, as apparently the islands are full of them. So full that the university borrow’s rifles to the students that go on expeditions into the wilderness.


Another interesting fact about the island is that there is no sun at all during the winter. Living in Finland I’m always…

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