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Longyearbyen, Svalbard
The world's northernmost town offers year-round Arctic wilderness experiences on the fjords, mountains, and glaciers of Spitsbergen, where polar bears outnumber people. Also see:

Bird Cliffs of Spitsbergen
Climb into a flotation suit and ride a tracked vehicle to an open boat. Next stop: Arctic birds' nesting cliffs on the Isfjord.

A fleet of Norwegian cruise ferries provide daily service year-round to 34 ports from Bergen to the North Cape.

Sortland: The Blue City
What can you do when critics describe your city as "an ugly modern sprawl?" Sortland's response: Use 50,000 litres of paint to create "The Blue City," which uses contrasting shades of blue to honor the maritime and fishing heritage of this coastal town in the Lofoten Islands region.

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