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    • An arctic turn emerges from the morning fog

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    • The sun never sets over the campsite in Longyearbyen. This was shot at 3am.

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    • Glaciers and peaks to the North at 10pm, taken from the top of the peak outside Longyearbyen.

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    • Abandoned equipment from the coal mining era litter  the landscape

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    Svalbard

    I spent several days camping on the outskirts of Longyearbyen, the biggest settlement on the arctic island of Spitsbergen, at 78.1N. The campsite is on a beautiful piece of land next to a sheltered lagoon teeming with birdlife. Beyond that, the Barentz Sea tempts you in for a dip now and then. In every other direction, mountains and glaciers line the horizon. The air  is refreshingly crisp and the people are warm and welcoming.

    I joined a ship to circumnavigate the islands. We hugged the shoreline to a latitude of 80 degrees north, stopping each day to hike. The archipelago is absolutely stunning and the photography opportunities are plentiful, assisted in no small way by the midnight sun. I was lucky with the weather (twelve days of sunshine out of thirteen is unusual) and the wildlife we encountered. It is a magical place to be and I hope you enjoy my pictures.