November 02, 2005

nationalities irrationalities

I've got a long list of places I'd like to travel to. New Zealand, Japan, Italy - you know, those requisite places everyone wants to go before they kick over. But on my list, there are a number of bizarre, outtathaway, and, oddly, mostly cold places that most people haven't even heard of, much less would want to spend their hard-earned vacation time visiting.

One of those spots I'd like to go to is Svalbard. I found this place simply by looking at a globe and finding some island, off the coast of Norway, which seemed above everything else. And it was! Svalbard is a territory of Norway, and it lies WAAAY up in the sea between Greenland and northern Europe. It's so cold there sometimes they don't even bury people (the ground is too hard with permafrost) - they blow them up!! (this might not be true, but heck, it sounds cool!)

There's really not much in the way of attractions in Svalbard. There's a gallery featuring a local's artwork, there's a museum containing mostly mining equipment, and there's a church, which also seems to double as a cultural arts center as well. No, the main draw of Svalbard, for me anyways, is how remote it seems, how stark the landscape is, and there you will find the northernmost city in the freakin' world!

...Oh, and all the polar bears!

Looks like most people get their kicks up there by going on dog-sledding trips, or hiking out in the tundra, or even taking little boat-cruises around the islands. It looks HOT. Well, I'm speaking figuratively here, 'cuz ain't nuthin' on Svalbard is "hot"... ever. My goodness, have I gone mad? What on earth am I thinking, wanting to go up there? I should just call it even with the north after going to Iceland!


posted by julie at November 2, 2005 08:26 PM

things people have said

After I get this degree we'll go to Svalbard!

so said: erik at November 2, 2005 10:15 PM



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