Travelog: Ny-Alesund, Norway

Travelog: Ny-Alesund, Norway
And speaking of scientist, Ny-Alesund is a research site housing scientists from several countries. Apart from only a handful of Norwegian scientists, Ny-Alesund's other regular residents are scientists coming from China, France, UK, South Korea, Japan, India, Netherlands and Germany.

At 79 degrees North latitude, Ny-Alesund is very close to the North Pole. It is a place where the air, according to a scientist whom I chatted briefly, has "the cleanest air I will breath in life".

I visited Ny- Alesund during the peak of summer season - the time of year in this part of the world where the sun never sits but continues to hover the sky 24/7. It is also the time of the year where snow-capped mountains and glaciers dominating the landscape is a breathtaking scenery not to be missed.

As visiting tourist in Ny-Alesund, we must respect the simple do's and don't's and always bear in mind that we were in a research site. In order not to disrupt the scientific experiments around, just be an ordinance abiding tourist. The rules are simple, read below:

Do's and Don't's in Ny-Ålesund

1. Stay on the roads and marked trails.
2. Leave research installation untouched.
3. Respect regulations on traffic.
4. Strictly and always follow regulations given on signs.
5. No cultural remains may be removed, disfigured or destroyed.
6. Tenting and campfires are prohibited in a 100-meter security zone around each cultural monument.
7. Do not distub the wildlife.
8. Respect the local settlement.
9. Do not enter buildings without permission.
10. Polar bears can be anytime and anywhere around, so never go out walking by yourself

There's actually not much to do here except for the views and the chance to see polar bears. But to visit and walk in this unique location on earth is remarkably a once in a lifetime experience. This is Ny-Alesund, the edge of settlement and the last frontier up north.

Photo: Harvey Barrison from Massapequa, NY, USA

And speaking of scientist, Ny-Alesund is a research site housing scientists from several countries. Apart from only a handful of Norwegian scientists, Ny-Alesund's other regular residents are scientists coming from China, France, UK, South Korea, Japan, India, Netherlands and Germany.