Life in Svalbard thrives between the cracks of the ice and the metal frameworks of rundown coal mines. In the midst of one of the harshest climates, unique flora and fauna have adapted and paved the way for humans to settle in Longyearbyen, the northernmost town on Earth. For centuries, Svalbard and Jan Mayen have intrigued polar explorers, who ventured to the North to leave their mark and survive beyond the edge of human capabilities. The remnants of the past can still be discovered in the trapper huts and mining camps, which are scattered across the land. This story explores the tenacity and fragility of survival on at 78° North. This story was featured in Wild Planet Photo Magazine, World Animal Protection and the Naturfotocast podcast and presented in a presentation at Foto Koch.
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