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48 hours in Arctic Svalbard

2012-07-23 06:51:35 GMT2012-07-23 14:51:35(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Snow-covered mountains look over the Isfjord in Svalbard, June 1, 2012. (REUTERS/Balazs Koranyi)

A ship travels on the Isfjorden near Longyearbyen on the Norwegian Svalbard islands, June 1, 2012. The Svalbard archipelago on Europe's northern edge is probably the remotest and wildest place in the Arctic with regularly scheduled flights, so get there quick before the crowds discover its crystal clear waters, glaciers and wildlife. Picture taken June 1, 2012.( Reuters/Balazs Koranyi)

A sign warns travelers of the danger from polar bear attacks in Svalbard, June 1, 2012.(REUTERS/Balazs Koranyi)

Barentsburg, a Russian coal mining town with a population of around 400 is seen in Svalbard June 2, 2012. The Svalbard archipelago on Europe's northern edge is probably the remotest and wildest place.(REUTERS/Balazs Koranyi)

A statue of communist leader Lenin is seen in Barentsburg, a Russian mining town in Svalbard, June 1, 2012.(REUTERS/Balazs Koranyi)

A Russian chapel is pictured in Barentsburg, Svalbard June 2, 2012.(REUTERS/Balazs Koranyi)

Houses are pictured in Longyearbyen, in Svalbard, June 2, 2012.(REUTERS/Balazs Koranyi)

The Svalbard archipelago on Europe's northern edge is probably the remotest and wildest place in the Arctic with regularly scheduled flights, so get there quick before the crowds discover its crystal clear waters, glaciers and wildlife.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a short stay in Svalbard.

(Agencies)

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