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Souvenirs from Svalbard and Jan Mayen

The archipelago of Svalbard and island of Jan Mayen are part of Norway, and are sparsely populated. In fact, you will find mostly mining operations and scientific communities on these far north regions, with the occasional administrator. While they are listed as the same entity on most international documents, they are actually two separate administrative designations. There is so little on either, that it is simpler to group together for most official purposes, such as ISO standards. Although it is an industrial and research area, you still may be able to find some fun souvenirs from Svalbard and Jan Mayen, mostly natural items such as interesting stones and rocks, reindeer skins and scrimshaw, carved bone decorations. Postcards, key chains and magnets are also great pieces of memorabilia. Long days under the midnight sun and pictures of all the plants peeking around the glaciers may be the best Svalbard and Jan Mayen souvenirs.

More Information about Svalbard and Jan Mayen

Svaalbard is an Artic archipelago, located between Norway and the North Pole. Spitsbergen is the largest of the islands. There are few cities here, including the government capital of Longyearbyen, Barentsburg, Ny-Alesund and Sveagruva. The first residents of the islands lived here in the 1600-1700's as a whaling community, but it was abandoned until the 20th century. Coal miners came in search of mineral wealth, and started new towns to support their activities. In 1925, the Svalbard Act establish Svalbard as a part of the Kingdom of Norway, and as a demilitarized and free economic zone. These days, the economy is more reliant on scientific research and tourism of the Artic Climate. Jan Mayen is an Arctic Ocean volcanic island that has been regulated as a nature reserve since 2010. It is unique for being an example of an untouched artic island climate, as well as for the surrounding ocean floor.

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