There is no place in the Arctic where you can sail further north than immediatly north of Spitsbergen. Spitsbergen is the Dutch word for “pointy mountains” and that describes pretty much everything! It is also called the home of the polar bear and it stretches out over 300 miles, both in width and height. In the summer and fall, every fjord on the west coast is usually open water whereas the east side often remains blocked by ice.

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