It's really fascinating to be here in Ny-Alesund not to mention that it's my very first visit too. Breathtaking typical Arctic scenery of snow-capped mountains and glaciers dominating the landscape is one kind of a view I should say amazing. With the cold but not freezing air temperature and the fact that the sun never sets during summer in this part of the world, visiting this place this time of the year is a whole lot interesting.
Located in the Arctic Circle at lat. 79 deg, Ny-Alesund is the northern most settlement area in the world. Inhabited not by ordinary settlers, Ny-Alesund is a research site housing scientists from several countries doing various researches.
Through institutes from respective countries, The Netherlands, Italy, China, France, United Kingdom, South Korea, India, Japan, Germany and Norway operate permanent research stations in Ny-Alesund. The research includes atmospheric, ecology, marine ecosystem, meteorology, space-earth measurement, earth and life sciences, climate, oceanography, glaciology, terrestrial and marine biology and sounding rockets to name a few.
Ny-Alesund is in the Svalbard Archipelago midway between the North Pole and mainland Norway. Though situated in the most remote part of the Earth, Svalbard is at the forefront when it comes to research leaving many cities on the mainland far behind. Other sites in the Svalbard Archipelago used by scientists includes Platafjellet and Adventdalen. In Platafjellet there is the base station for controlling large number of satellites orbiting around the Earth. From the top of Adventdalen, a station where they can follow and observe activities on the sun's surface.
Ny-alesund used to be one of Norway's ore mining sites but was eventually closed after an explosion incident sometimes in 1962 claiming the lives of several miners. Built in Berlin in 1909, this locomotive here is the first locomotive used in the ore mining industry in Ny-alesund. The locomotive was brought to My-alesund in 1927 from Salangsverket in Troms. It was used to carry coals from the mines to the quayside for the waiting boats that transported the coals to mainland.
Used for storing coffee, sugar, flour and dried fruit, this building now serves as a pub.
Ny-Alesund Post OfficeThis is the most northerly post office in the world.
Built by a company called Green Harbour Coal Company during the occupation of the coalfields, this red building is the oldest building in Ny-alesund from 1909.
This is the Nordpollhotellet or North Pole Hotel. Originally built as a barrack in 1917 that can accommodate 76 persons, the building became a hotel in 1937 to 1939. Badly damaged during the Second World War, today the building is use for accommodation.
This is the Arctic Tern
The Arctic Tern is a common nesting bird on Svalvard to as far as extreme northern and easternmodt part of Svalvard archipelago. It nests in pairs or colonies and ordinarily has one to two eggs. The arctic terns arrive in Svalvard at the end of May and by the end of August, it migrated down to south again. It flies all the way to the Antarctic to spend the winter in the pack ice belt. This makes the arctic tern the indisputed winner in long-distance migration category.