from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An island of Norway in Svalbard in the Arctic Ocean east of northern Greenland. Discovered by Willem Barents in 1596, the island became part of Norway in 1925.

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  • proper n. The largest island of Svalbard.

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  • n. islands in the Svalbard archipelago to the east of northern Greenland; belonging to Norway


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  • A trip to Svalbard (also known as Spitsbergen) starts in Longyearbyen, the islands 'largest settlement, with a year-round population of about 2,000.

    Svalbard, Norway

  • A young polar bear was killed after it attacked a camp where 17 tourists and scientists where staying in southern Spitsbergen in Norway's northern coast. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • When the men and women who run Martian or lunar or other planetary experiments want to try out their equipment and learn the challenges, they now regularly go to Svalbard, an archipelago of islands best known for the town of Spitsbergen, their harsh beauty, and their three-thousand-plus polar bears.

    First Contact

  • Guests can also explore mountainous Spitsbergen Island via snowmobile and skis on customized expeditions.

    Fresh in Powder

  • Ever been beyond the Arctic circle to Spitsbergen?

    Paul Steele: Photographic Dreams Of The Wild Do Come True

  • A palaeontologist/geologist will be joining the Jewels of the Arctic trip, which visits Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland, to share his knowledge of volcanoes, fjords and rocks.

    Sea change: 10 quirky cruises

  • I used to study the Rand McNally globe in my bedroom and imagine the journey my splendid letter took as it traveled from Dahl's estate in England all the way to his vacation resort in Spitsbergen, Norway.

    Danny Miller: Celebrate World Read Aloud Day!

  • Others can migrate as late as November, when winter thrushes and wildfowl continue to arrive in their thousands from Siberia, Spitsbergen and Iceland to spend the winter here in Britain.

    Weatherwatch: Early autumn bird migration

  • Kevin Cooley: Take Refuge | Featuring large-scale photographs and videos evoking human struggles in the harsh and unforgiving, yet sublime, natural world, this body of work was created in disparate locations including the Arctic territory of Spitsbergen and the American West as well in more ordinary places such as New York City and Los Angeles.

    Bill Bush: The Place Is the Thing: This Artweek.LA (January 2, 2012)

  • Formerly Norwegian Coastal Voyages, this cruise line has grown from Norwegian coastal ferries to hearty expedition cruises in Spitsbergen, Greenland and Antarctica plus a world cruise with stops in exotic ports of call, including Antarctica.

    Anne Campbell: Small Ship Cruises: No Ties, No Bingo


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