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The 191 islands of the
Polar Bear Safety in Svalbard and Franz Josef Land
To see a polar bear in the wild is at the top of many people’s must-do lists.
What thoughts come to mind when you think of the Arctic?
Cold. Bare. Gray.While the northernmost parts of our planet are cold, many of the other common beliefs about the region are often quite far from the facts.
When summer arrives in the Northern Hemisphere, there's only one place Jan Bryde wants to be: In the middle of the Arctic Ocean, high atop the world at the North Pole.Send Bryde an email in July or August and you'll be greeted with the charming and mysterious auto-response "Dear Friends, same as every year: summertime = North Pole time!".
We came out of the cave, we looked over the hill and we saw fire. We crossed the ocean and we pioneered the west.
The history of man is hung on a timeline of exploration, and in 1873, a remote and forbidding archipelago that would soon be called Franz Joseph Land was next.