Ny Alesund town

This is the town of Ny Alesund. Apologies for the street lamp – you are not allowed to leave the roads/tracks because the ground is protected as a site for breeding birds and also for the research stations, so it’s difficult to move around to get clear shots. Ny Alesund is at 78 deg 55 min but everything in the Post Office gift shop is marked with 79 deg. As the guide book says, continental drift means that Svalbard is gradually moving northwards, so they are well prepared for a million or so years’ time when they actually get to 79 deg.

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