The Northernmost Town on Earth (Svalbard in 4K)

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Longyearbyen on Svalbard is the northernmost settlement with over 1000 residents
My trip to Norway was funded by Screen Australia, Film Victoria and Genepool Productions as part of a new project. More information soon.
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Music licensed from "After Catalunya"
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Come take a walk with me around Longyearbyen, the largest town on the Norwegian islands of Svalbard.
Parts of it look familiar, but make no mistake, this place is different.
At 78 degrees North, it lies just 800 miles or 1300 kilometres from the North Pole. And with over 2,000 permanent inhabitants it is the Northernmost real town on Earth.
There are only 50km of road, including the small streets between houses, so people get around the island mainly on snowmobile.
In fact there are more registered snowmobiles than residents.
Anyone leaving town is required to travel with a gun and someone who knows how to use it because the islands are also home to polar bears.
The average daytime high is below freezing for all but four months of the year, and from the end of October to mid-February the sun doesn’t rise at all. This is the long polar night.
Living here is tough. This past December an avalanche in town destroyed 10 homes, which used to be here, killing two people.
So how did this cold, remote, ice-covered archipelago come to be inhabited?
The hills around town are rich in coal deposits that have been mined for over 100 years.
The coal was transported to the port via a series of aerial tramways some of which remain today, though they are no longer operational.
Coal is a reminder that Svalbard was not always an Arctic ice world. 360 million years ago it was actually in the tropics North of the equator. A swampy area, it was covered with the precursors to modern ferns, which were much larger than they are today, reaching 10-30 metres in height.
This vegetation was then covered in mud and sand and submerged under the sea. Over time it turned into the coal deposits that in the 20th century brought miners from Norway, Russia, and the US.
Most of the coal mines have now closed and the economy is gradually shifting towards tourism, education and research.
Tourists take trips on snowmobiles and dog sleds.
There is a university centre in Svalbard, which offers semester courses in biology, physics and geology.
And up on the side of a mountain is the Svalbard Global seed vault… but that’s a story for another time.
The locals tell me that interest in the region from different nations is increasing.
As the globe warms and Arctic ice shrinks, trade routes are opening up across the North. And Svalbard is strategically placed between North America, Asia and Europe.
One day in the future Svalbard may no longer be as cold or remote as it once was.
But for now it is a reminder of how through our ingenuity people can live in the most inhospitable of places.
Shot with a DJI Phantom 4 drone

Veritasium 4 år sedan
By popular demand: this video without my narration:
LittleCutie ABDL
LittleCutie ABDL 8 dagar sedan
This is so beautiful I was just looking in google maps and now I discovered a wonderful place :) + the music = 💖
Ashwani Kumar
Ashwani Kumar Månad sedan
Hey why is everyone using + here
Impractical will
Impractical will Månad sedan
Can we watch northern lights from there? Have you not tried to watch one.
Omar Salem
Omar Salem 3 månader sedan
I found the narration soothing
Ash Es
Ash Es 3 månader sedan
Should hav checked that ice wall too, see if there is open space on other side?? Wud b a combi video for flat earthers🤘🏻
DrakotheHusky 16 timmar sedan
i want to go here so bad but have no clue how to even look into that lmao
airophobia 3 dagar sedan
i thought it it would be in idk canada or greenland not russia
Alicia Hartmann
Alicia Hartmann 4 dagar sedan
It is one of my dream vacation destinations. But right now it's polar night and I don't want to be there during that time. It is so beautiful to see the white mountains bathed in the red sun. I'm really looking forward to Svalbard. 😍🥶
sudip chowdhury
sudip chowdhury 4 dagar sedan
so peace full place on the Earth......
Supremely Social
Supremely Social 4 dagar sedan
A tourist camping there recently was killed by a polar bear! Why people cannot just leave nature be ill never understand
Remy Medina
Remy Medina 5 dagar sedan
I wonder if someone here grows pot for personal use.
Cristian Perez
Cristian Perez 5 dagar sedan
This is like as close as you can come to living on another planet.
rob rick
rob rick 6 dagar sedan
Looks like a LEGO set.
anmol bhatti
anmol bhatti 7 dagar sedan
Be there and read the shining
Émile Guilbeault
Émile Guilbeault 8 dagar sedan
Actually, title is false. The northernmost permanently habited place in the world is Alert, Nunavut, Canada, which is 508 miles from the north pole. Now I'm not sure if it would be considered a town, but people live there all year long. It is literally the last place where humans live before the north pole. It could in theory be considered the part of the north pole at this point.
Ashwin Mahajan
Ashwin Mahajan 8 dagar sedan
How do they get the essentials and non essentials like food, supplies, cars, electricity? Is there a power plant there? People commute through ferries to and from the island? Only mine workers live there?
Jonathon Ward
Jonathon Ward 11 dagar sedan
That was an interesting watch Derek. Thank you for sharing with us.🙏
JOHN ABRAHAM 13 dagar sedan
M from #swalbard - Help me
Ulvetann 15 dagar sedan
Note: .357 or better. Always revolver. You don't want a semi automatic pistol with complicated engineering freezing up on You, or a simple 9mm that bounces off bear-noses.
Joyce Anthony
Joyce Anthony 15 dagar sedan
S. M. Henderson
S. M. Henderson 15 dagar sedan
This is such beautiful music!
Daniel Hristov
Daniel Hristov 17 dagar sedan
I want to live there with my entire family... im truck driver by profession but would drive/ride anything needed. Just get me far away from the european traffic plz
Boi 1
Boi 1 17 dagar sedan
I like snow , and i want to live there 😍😍 any girl from there married me lol
blue dragon
blue dragon 22 dagar sedan
i live in norway. in the winters i gets reeeaaaly dark so it most be even darker up there. i live in harstad.
Agnibho Mondal
Agnibho Mondal 22 dagar sedan
Sounds like a perfect place for me.
Ditch Weed
Ditch Weed 23 dagar sedan
You really had to stretch the narrative lol. Not enough material?
Ashish Kumar
Ashish Kumar 23 dagar sedan
I watched this video after getting high😍
bloxyman22 24 dagar sedan
Sorry but what you said about Svalbard being located near equator is just simply wrong. Back when it was warm it was actually located very close to the current latitude the difference is that climate was much warmer back then. The reason it is cold now is because we are currently in a ice age/interglacial period.
SkyRocket159 25 dagar sedan
Donc apparemment on peut laisser un sky-doo dans cour.
mark. 25 dagar sedan
Thank you.. thank you so much
Sofia Lima
Sofia Lima 27 dagar sedan
No bugs!
Rupam Malakar
Rupam Malakar 27 dagar sedan
This place defines peace.
Zain 27 dagar sedan
I'm a native of himslayas and karakorum mountains. I always used to question why people like mountains so much. Note i understand as I'm shifted to to hostel in the cities.. it's all about going away from human activity towards natural activity
David Saric
David Saric 28 dagar sedan
I see you got a drone
Vickie Sanders
Vickie Sanders 29 dagar sedan
The Earth is a real paradise, where something is there for everyone. Its just we don't realize the importance and preserve it. Amazing video. Thanks for posting. I am sure to visit this town in my lifetime.
29outlaw 29 dagar sedan
Maybe it will get so warm that 90' ferns will grow there again.
Jean. B. B
Jean. B. B Månad sedan
My grandfather was Sysselmannen på Svalbard. Or Chief of police. Been there two times. Only place were guns are obligatory.
Yousef Baytam
Yousef Baytam Månad sedan
I feel like ive seen this place in horror movie or something.. 24 or 48 days later or something like this
Carlo Chambers
Carlo Chambers Månad sedan
bob diner
bob diner Månad sedan
This soundtrack would also pair well with footage of a small dog taking a dump
Brad Spelling
Brad Spelling Månad sedan
"Peak Mountains Island" also known as Svalbard
HectorJ 1313
HectorJ 1313 Månad sedan
When you spawn in a snowy tundra biome and build your base there.
camilo sanchez
camilo sanchez Månad sedan
veritasium: but for now it is a reminder of how through our ingenuity people can live in the most inhospitable places polar bear: *chillin butt naked*
Ari Kaye Music
Ari Kaye Music Månad sedan
I’m a senior in a US high school. I want to study geophysics at UNIS :)
Karma & The Phoenix
Karma & The Phoenix Månad sedan
Svalbard is actually very pretty. It has an inviting and hospitable feeling about it. Unlike Barrow, Alaska.
Crani Månad sedan
This video made me want to go skiing
Paul H
Paul H Månad sedan
Anyone see the