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Located 400 miles north of Norway and half-way to the North Pole, the Svalbard archipelago is one of the most accessible and dramatic destinations in the Arctic. The main island of Spitsbergen was discovered by the Dutch explorer Barent in 1596 and lives up to its name, with spectacular mountains and glaciers.The west coast's fjords are warmed by the Gulf Stream, allowing summer exploration, but pack ice is never far from the north and east of the islands, providing an ideal habitat for polar bears. Marine mammals such as walrus and ringed seal abound, while there are huge seabird colonies and a surprising variety of high arctic wildflowers. The midnight sun shines between April and August, allowing maximum time to appreciate the rugged landscapes and abundant wildlife.
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) portrait in sea-ice landscape. Wide angle / fish-eye shot. Svalbard, Norway, September. - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) portrait in sea-ice landscape. Wide angle / fish-eye shot. Svalbard, Norway, September.
First sunset in Arctic since the spring, in Spitsbergen, Svalbard Archipelago, Norway, 23 August 2014. - Christophe Courteau
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Christophe Courteau / First sunset in Arctic since the spring, in Spitsbergen, Svalbard Archipelago, Norway, 23 August 2014.
Kayaking past icebergs in Svalbard, Norway, July 2011. Model released. - Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / Kayaking past icebergs in Svalbard, Norway, July 2011. Model released.
Atlantic walruses (Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus) group hauled out and  resting on ice floe, Svalbard, Norway, June - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Atlantic walruses (Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus) group hauled out and resting on ice floe, Svalbard, Norway, June
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) on drifting ice, Svalbard, Norway September - Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) on drifting ice, Svalbard, Norway September
Abandoned Russian Settlement Pyramiden, Svalbard - Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Abandoned Russian Settlement Pyramiden, Svalbard
Svalbard reindeer (Rangifer tarandus platyrhyncus) feeding at sunset, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, April. - Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Svalbard reindeer (Rangifer tarandus platyrhyncus) feeding at sunset, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, April.
Tourists on the bow of the ^Professor Mulchanov^ looking for wildlife. Hymebreen, Hornsund Fjord, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, June 2008. - Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Tourists on the bow of the ^Professor Mulchanov^ looking for wildlife. Hymebreen, Hornsund Fjord, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, June 2008.
Svalbard reindeer (Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus) jumping across a narrow gully, Eidembukta, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway. August. - Jenny  E. Ross
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Jenny E. Ross / Svalbard reindeer (Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus) jumping across a narrow gully, Eidembukta, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway. August.
Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) on ice, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, June 2009. WWE INDOOR EXHIBITION. UNAVAILABLE FOR COMMERCIAL USE WITHOUT PRIOR CONSENT. - Wild Wonders of Europe / Liodden
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Liodden / Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) on ice, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, June 2009. WWE INDOOR EXHIBITION. UNAVAILABLE FOR COMMERCIAL USE WITHOUT PRIOR CONSENT.
Coastal mountains with broken ice floating on sea, Svalbard, Norway, June 2009 - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Coastal mountains with broken ice floating on sea, Svalbard, Norway, June 2009
Looking down on dogs pulling sleigh across frozen landscape, Svalbard, Spitzbergen, Norway, Europe - Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / Looking down on dogs pulling sleigh across frozen landscape, Svalbard, Spitzbergen, Norway, Europe
Polar Bear warning sign, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, April - Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / Polar Bear warning sign, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, April
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) in front of glacier, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, March 2009 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Liodden
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Liodden / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) in front of glacier, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, March 2009
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and cub (18 months) walking away after swimming, Svalbard, Norway (non-ex). This image is a crop of 01262710. - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and cub (18 months) walking away after swimming, Svalbard, Norway (non-ex). This image is a crop of 01262710.
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) in front of glacier in Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, June. - Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) in front of glacier in Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, June.
Svalbard reindeer (Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus) mother and calves, Svalbard, Norway, February. - Richard Kirby
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Richard Kirby / Svalbard reindeer (Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus) mother and calves, Svalbard, Norway, February.
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) about to enter water, Svalbard, Norway, September 2009. Cropped from image 01262546 - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) about to enter water, Svalbard, Norway, September 2009. Cropped from image 01262546
Sign for Global Seed Vault, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, April - Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / Sign for Global Seed Vault, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, April
Global Seed Vault, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, April - Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / Global Seed Vault, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, April
Svalbard reindeer (Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus) with bloody antlers shedding  velvet, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, September - Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / Svalbard reindeer (Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus) with bloody antlers shedding velvet, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, September
Tourists and guide using snowshoes on an ecotourism trekking holiday, Svalbard, Norway, June, 2012. Model released. - Christophe Courteau
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Christophe Courteau / Tourists and guide using snowshoes on an ecotourism trekking holiday, Svalbard, Norway, June, 2012. Model released.
RF- Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) swimming in front of ice cliff, Austfonna, Svalbard, Norway. June 2007. Endangered species. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.) - Andy  Rouse
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Andy Rouse / RF- Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) swimming in front of ice cliff, Austfonna, Svalbard, Norway. June 2007. Endangered species. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
View of sailboat from directly above, showing  deck, and floating ice. King's Bay, Spizbergen, Svalbard Archipelago, Norway, July 2000 - Eric Baccega
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Eric Baccega / View of sailboat from directly above, showing deck, and floating ice. King's Bay, Spizbergen, Svalbard Archipelago, Norway, July 2000
Pair of Atlantic puffins (Fratercula arctica) perched on cliffs along coast of Svalbard in summertime, Arctic. - Steven Kazlowski
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Steven Kazlowski / Pair of Atlantic puffins (Fratercula arctica) perched on cliffs along coast of Svalbard in summertime, Arctic.
Ice formations, Svalbard, Norway, February 2009 - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Ice formations, Svalbard, Norway, February 2009
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica) in flight off the coast of Svalbard, Norway - Steven Kazlowski
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Steven Kazlowski / Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica) in flight off the coast of Svalbard, Norway
Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) surfacing with mountain landscape, Liefdefjorden, Svalbard, Norway.  July 2011. - Ben  Cranke
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Ben Cranke / Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) surfacing with mountain landscape, Liefdefjorden, Svalbard, Norway. July 2011.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) tail fluke showing whilst feeding with Kittiwakes (Rissa tridactyla) at surface waiting for scraps, Svalbard, Norway - Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) tail fluke showing whilst feeding with Kittiwakes (Rissa tridactyla) at surface waiting for scraps, Svalbard, Norway
Ringed seal (Pusa hispida) close-up of face, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, March 2009 WWE OUTDOOR EXHIBITION. WWE BOOK - Wild Wonders of Europe / Liodden
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Liodden / Ringed seal (Pusa hispida) close-up of face, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, March 2009 WWE OUTDOOR EXHIBITION. WWE BOOK
Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) on ice, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, June 2009 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Liodden
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Liodden / Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) on ice, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, June 2009
Three Walruses (Odobenus rosmarus) in water, Richardlagunen, Forlandet National Park, Prins Karls Forland, Svalbard, Norway, June 2009 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Liodden
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Liodden / Three Walruses (Odobenus rosmarus) in water, Richardlagunen, Forlandet National Park, Prins Karls Forland, Svalbard, Norway, June 2009
Two Walruses (Odobenus rosmarus) one on ice floe, the other in water, Svalbard, Norway - Steven Kazlowski
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Steven Kazlowski / Two Walruses (Odobenus rosmarus) one on ice floe, the other in water, Svalbard, Norway
Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) pair in shallow water, Richardlagunen, Forlandet National Park, Prins Karls Forland, Svalbard, Norway, June 2009 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Liodden
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Liodden / Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) pair in shallow water, Richardlagunen, Forlandet National Park, Prins Karls Forland, Svalbard, Norway, June 2009
Arctic fox in winter coat on sea ice {Vulpes lagopus} Svalbard, Norway, winter - Doug Allan
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Doug Allan / Arctic fox in winter coat on sea ice {Vulpes lagopus} Svalbard, Norway, winter
Arctic fox (Alopex lagopus) sitting amongst flowers, on the tundra, Svalbard, Norway - Steven Kazlowski
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Steven Kazlowski / Arctic fox (Alopex lagopus) sitting amongst flowers, on the tundra, Svalbard, Norway
Arctic fox (Alopex lagopus) portrait, Trygghamna, Svalbard, Norway, July 2008. BOOK & WWE OUTDOOR EXHIBITION. Wild Wonders kids book. - Wild Wonders of Europe / de la L
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Wild Wonders of Europe / de la L / Arctic fox (Alopex lagopus) portrait, Trygghamna, Svalbard, Norway, July 2008. BOOK & WWE OUTDOOR EXHIBITION. Wild Wonders kids book.
Arctic fox (Alopex lagopus) yawning showing teeth, Trygghamna, Svalbard, Norway, July 2008 - Wild Wonders of Europe / de la Lez
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Wild Wonders of Europe / de la Lez / Arctic fox (Alopex lagopus) yawning showing teeth, Trygghamna, Svalbard, Norway, July 2008
Ice formation, Smeerenburgfjorden, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, June 2009 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Liodden
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Liodden / Ice formation, Smeerenburgfjorden, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, June 2009
Ice formation sticking out of water, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, June 2009 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Liodden
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Liodden / Ice formation sticking out of water, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, June 2009
Ice formation, Agardh-bukta, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, March 2009 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Liodden
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Liodden / Ice formation, Agardh-bukta, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, March 2009
Ice formations on an iceberg, Austfonna, Svalbard, Norway, June 2009 - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Ice formations on an iceberg, Austfonna, Svalbard, Norway, June 2009
Coastal mountains with sea ice breaking up, Svalbard, Norway, June 2009 - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Coastal mountains with sea ice breaking up, Svalbard, Norway, June 2009
Broken up ice floating on sea, Svalbard, Norway, June 2009 - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Broken up ice floating on sea, Svalbard, Norway, June 2009
Sunrise over the frozen Temple Fjord, West coast of Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, March 2009 - Roy Mangersnes
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Roy Mangersnes / Sunrise over the frozen Temple Fjord, West coast of Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, March 2009
Broken ice floating on sea, Svalbard, Norway, June 2009 - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Broken ice floating on sea, Svalbard, Norway, June 2009
Sled dog resting, covered in snow, minus 20 degrees centigrade, West coast of Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, March - Roy Mangersnes
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Roy Mangersnes / Sled dog resting, covered in snow, minus 20 degrees centigrade, West coast of Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, March
Dogs pulling tourist sledge Spitzbergen, Svalbard, Norway - Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / Dogs pulling tourist sledge Spitzbergen, Svalbard, Norway
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