The Svalbard archipelago is a land of wonders, a collection of islands that make up roughly the size of Britain, yet with only 2,000 full-time inhabitants. At the heart is the largest island, Spitsbergen – and the start of an incredible wilderness encounter.
The first of these wonders is arriving at the capital of Longyearbyen (it sounds really Scandinavian but it’s named after an American mining entrepreneur called John Longyear), where it’s just after midnight and is still in broad daylight.