|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
copyright Paul Ward