Last year when there was a heatwave in the UK and I was on top of the world in Longyearbyen in Norway aka the North Pole. I did not have my bikini on! I was freezing!
Why was I in the North Pole in Summer? Of course, I was on a cruise! Cruising the Norwegian Fjords.
Longyearbyen is 78 degrees north of the top of the world. It has the most northern population of 2642 people and 3500 polar bears.
So there are more polar bears than people! Also, there are more snow bikes than cars as the snow is there 67% of the time.
The hottest it gets is 10*C in the summer and they see the sun 30% of the year and it only rains 3% of the year. There are no trees, the ground is grass and black sand, it is a strange place!
You cannot be born there or die there. Due to their customs. You wouldn’t want to be buried there as the frost brings the bodies back up! So there are no graveyards there anymore.
I went to the North Pole, but I didn’t see Santa Claus. But I did see the giant post box for all the Christmas lists though. It was huge!
The day we were there it was 6*C and dry. But I had to go and buy a woolly hat and gloves as it was bitterly cold!
I bought a Barts woolly hat with fleece lining inside as I don’t like itchy hats! It is so warm
I bought some gloves by The North Face and these are fantastic as you can still use them on the touchscreen of your phone, so you do not have to take off your gloves to take photos. Excellent idea! They clip together when you take them off too, so you can’t lose a glove!
So there are your fun facts about Longyearbyen and if you like the cold this is the place for you!
- Weather in Summer: 0*C – 10*C
- Bring warm clothes
- Language: Norwegian
- Currency: Norwegian krone
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