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Ny Ålesund, Svalbard - 1 - The Dock

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Ny Ålesund or "New Alesund" (the original is a town in Norway) is the most northerly permanent settlement in the world at about 760 miles (1,224 kilometers) from the North Pole.

Originally a coal-mining settlement, it is now a research village which is owned and run by the logistics and supply company "Kings Bay AS".

It is something of a surprise to be so far from any other settlement to find that in the middle of nowhere it is possible to buy fuel and freshwater for your boat (though only limited amounts) and to be able to leave rubbish here. The masts of a couple of passing yachts can be seen in harbour, the other boats belong to the settlement.

78° 55' N 11° 56' E

Picture copyright Paul Ward

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