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A Norwegian archipelago comprising Spitsbergen and other islands in the Arctic Ocean north of the mainland. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is located on Spitsbergen.
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(Norwegian ˈsvaːlbar)
(Placename) a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, about 650 km (400 miles) north of Norway: consists of the main group (Spitsbergen, North East Land, Edge Island, Barents Island, and Prince Charles Foreland) and a number of outlying islands; sovereignty long disputed but granted to Norway in 1920; coal mining. Administrative centre: Longyearbyen. Pop: 1970 (2013 est). Area: 62 050 sq km (23 958 sq miles). Also called: Spitsbergen
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(ˈsvɑl bɑr)

a group of islands in the Arctic Ocean, N of and belonging to Norway: includes the Spitsbergen group. 2,715; 23,958 sq. mi. (62,050 sq. km).
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Noun1.Svalbard - a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean
Kingdom of Norway, Noreg, Norge, Norway - a constitutional monarchy in northern Europe on the western side of the Scandinavian Peninsula; achieved independence from Sweden in 1905
Spitsbergen, Spitzbergen - islands in the Svalbard archipelago to the east of northern Greenland; belonging to Norway
Arctic Ocean - ice covered waters surrounding the North Pole; mostly covered with solid ice or with ice floes and icebergs
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Saifaldine's trip started from Doha to Norway to Svalbard Island, from where he then sailed in a ship to the North Pole where he began his actual trip.
Saifaldine started his trip from Doha, crossed Norway to reach Svalbard Island from where he boarded a ship to go to the North Pole.
Under the guidance of rowing legend Sir Steve Redgrave, the group have become the fastest, largest and oldest crew to cross the Arctic, reaching further north than any other crew to get to Svalbard island.
Wheeler's account of Greenland and Svalbard Island opens a perspective on science in the Arctic.
Four others were being treated in hospital at Longyearbyen on the Svalbard island of Spitsbergen.
The injured were initially sent to a hospital at Longyearbyen on the Svalbard island of Spitsbergen.
The water exits the Arctic Ocean via several "gateways." It can flow through the Fram Strait, between northeast Greenland and Svalbard Island, and then branch around either side of Iceland.
This view is from above Longyearbye; LONG VIEW In this view of Longyearbyen, the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) is by the water, at the left of the picture; HISTORY Parts of a cableway that carried coal from mines to the quay; BEAUTY The Svalbard island group is starkly beautiful, but it has dangers too - temperatures can fall as low as minus 40C; LEARNING The UNIS building is home to students from various countries
The ice thundered down on the Maryshev - a former Russian research ship - as it sailed close to the Horn glacier on Svalbard Island in northern Norway.
A small colony of walruses in the Svalbard islands. Photo: Valter Bernardeschi
On Norway's Arctic Svalbard islands, more than 100 people were evacuated as a precaution because of a storm and the risk of avalanches.
Even though the area is remote and has more polar bears than people, the seas around the Svalbard islands are polluted with plastic from around the world.