Norway’s Svalbard islands in photos

A general view shows Barentsburg in the Norwegian Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, 23 August 2007. A potent reminder of the Soviet Union's bygone grandeur, Barentsburg is yet another example of Russia's growing interest for the Arctic region and its riches. AFP PHOTO/PIERRE HENRY DEHAYESSvalbard is a group of islands belonging to Norway located halfway between the country’s mainland and the North Pole.

The archipelago has a population of almost 3,000 people. But despite its small population its become more and more of a hub with countries like China setting up research stations and increasing numbers of Russian visitors.

Svalbard is a popular destination with visitors looking to experience Arctic nature and wildlife. Plans are underway by Russia to increase visits to the Russian settlements Barentsburg and Piramida.

To view an extensive photo gallery showcasing some of Svalbard’s nature and wildlife, click here

Write to Eilis Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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