Tourism: Svalbard, the Norwegian archipelago at the end of the world

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Tourism: Svalbard, the Norwegian archipelago at the end of the world
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J. Gasparutto, F. Caër, M. Wegnez – France 2

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Wednesday August 3, for the first episode of the series “At the end of the world”, direction the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, which has less than 3,000 inhabitants.

Lost at heart of the ocean Arcticon the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. Longyearbyen is the northernmost city on the planet, like at the end of the world. The first inhabitants settled there installed it a hundred years ago due to coal. Today, they live mainly from tourism, like Mikkel Breedweld26 years. He is one of the city guides. He embarks on a sea trip. Originally from the continent, he settled here after his studies, far from everything.

Its mission is to take tourists to see the glaciers of theArctichuge and majestic. But at this latitude, the conditions are harsh. In winter, the night lasts four months and in summer, the sun never sets. Apart from a few plants, no trees or flowers grow. The only supermarket is supplied by boats every ten days. Outside the city, carrying a weapon is compulsory to protect yourself from bears. In her chalet, Martine Hermansen does not have running water and a generator for electricity. She lives on the bare minimum, which is why she came to live here.

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