My article about a recent stay on Svalbard appears in this month’s issue of Viking magazine. I feel so fortunate that I could visit this Arctic archipelago, which lies halfway between Norway and the North Pole. And writing this feature was a great opportunity to relive the whole otherworldly experience.
In addition to tips for would-be travelers, I was able to throw in some curious facts about Svalbard. For example, did you know that cats aren’t allowed as pets on Svalbard? (They’re a threat to the bird population.) And did you know that no one is buried there? (The permafrost doesn’t allow for the decomposition of bodies.) No babies are born either. (There are better medical facilities on the mainland, should complications arise.)