Ny Alesund, Spitsbergen
Ny-Ålesund is one of the four permanent settlements on Svalbard. It is located on the Brøgger-peninsula at Kongsfjorden. Like the rest of Svalbard, Ny-Ålesund is administered by Norway. Ny-Ålesund is one of the world's northernmost settlements and is the world's northernmost functional public settlement.
All of the permanent population work for one of the research stations based here. In the summer the activity in Ny-Ålesund is greatly increased with up to 120 researchers, technicians, and field assistants. At present, Norway, The Netherlands, Germany, United Kingdom, France, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea and People's Republic of China all maintain research stations at Ny-Ålesund, although not all are inhabited year-round.
Ny-Ålesund is home to the new Arctic Marine Laboratory (the northernmost in the world), which was officially opened on 1 June 2005. With many open rooms and wet and dry lab spaces alike, the marine lab is particularly useful for countries which do not maintain permanent research stations in the area.
Things to See & Do
* Snowmobile trips
Cruise Season – Feb to Dec
Currency - Norwegian Krone (NOK)
Language – Norwegian
Land Area - 39,044 km² (Spitsbergen)
Population – 35 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT plus one hour
International Country Telephone Code – +47
Port Location – There are port facilities located at Ny-Alesund.
Travel Links - It is possible to travel to Ny-Ålesund by scheduled flights from Longyearbyen.