Cultural heritage of Spitsbergen

So… you can trash the delicate vegetation of Spitsbergen, like lichen which grows very slowly (sometimes not more than 0.1 mm per year), with your Arctic boots, but you shall not step on a piece of wood, because this just might be dated from before 1946… 

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Spitsbergen, no man’s land

Mountains, ice, wildlife of the polar region and vegetation no higher than knee level (and I’m not that tall), I was looking forward to two weeks of wide landscapes and sailing around the fjords of Spitsbergen in this desolated land.