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Ny-Ålesund is the world’s northernmost settlement, situated at 79 degrees north in the north-western region of Spitsbergen, Svalbard. Ny-Ålesund can be found on the southern bank halfway inside Kongsfjorden (The King’s Fjord), and it was originally a coal mining settlement. At present time however, it is a research station with scientists from over 10 different countries which only has around 30 – 35 residents living there throughout the whole year. But in the summertime the population count can on occasion rise to around 120 people.

The settlement has its own airport, harbour, the world’s northernmost post office, a small local café, and a souvenir shop. In the summertime one can travel to Ny-Ålesund with one day trips by boat from Longyearbyen, or one can visit as part of a longer multi-day trip with larger vessels. In the wintertime Ny-Ålesund is a stopping point for a few select skiing expeditions that are offered by various activity providers in Svalbard. There are no accommodation offers available for tourists in the settlement.

Ny-Ålesund is a settlement with a dramatic history. I the period of 1917 to 1962, King’s Bay Kol Compani ran mining operations in Ny-Ålesund. Throughout this period there were a number of accidents, and a total of 76 people lost their lives in mining related activities. What ultimately became the end of the mining community in Ny-Ålesund was the big mining accident on the 5th of November 1962. The accident claimed 21 lives in total. 10 bodies were possible to recover, while the remaining 11 got the mine as their final resting place.

Ny-Ålesund is also known as being the starting point for Roald Amundsen’s expeditions to the North Pole. You can still see the mooring mast that the airship “Norge” was docked with. This was also the starting point for the dramatic North Pole expedition of the Italian Umberto Nobile, whose airship crashed when returning from the pole point. Half of the onboard crew died in the crash, but Nobile miraculously survived the crash and was later rescued.

The world’s northernmost settlement is historically well preserved, has a great experiential value for visitors, and a value as both a source and arena for scientific work.

Source: The Norwegian Polar Institute

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