Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway
Continued from page 9
ABOVE: Foundation posts from Gamle
Longyearbyen, or Old Longyearbyen, which was burned to the ground by the German
armed forces in World War II. INSET BELOW: A "snøscooter"
On this page and the 20 pages that follow, you'll find pictures
of scenes from Longyearbyen. In many cases, the captions expand on information
in this article.
Note: Longybearbyen is more attractive at close range
than it is in photographs. The seemingly brown and drab landscape is covered
with lichens and other vegetation, buildings are mostly well-maintained, and the
shopping district has a modern, prosperous, well-kept look. (Just try to ignore
the parked snowmobiles that litter the town's parking lots and back yards.) I
suspect that the town is at its prettiest in winter, when the slopes of the
valley are covered with snow and the colorful houses stand out against the white
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