Sometimes while sitting alone and having nothing to do we came up with various questions like, Is God real, or Why are we here on Earth and bla bla bla. One such question which crosses our mind is, Is there any such place where the world ends?
The answer to this question is, Yes. The name of the place is Longyearbyen, situated in Norway. It is the world’s northmost city and the last point on the earth (at the top). This town is much beautiful than we expect it to be, and is a great place for tourism.
The town was named after and established by John Munro Longyear. As of December 2015, the town had a population of 2,144 only.
The town is covered with beautiful mountains all around. Rich in wildlife, Reindeer, Svalbard Grouse, Polar Fox, and the king of the arctic, the Polar Bear boast the landscapes. However it is not recommended to venture outside the city without being accompanied by a local guide.
Below you will find some really cool facts about Longyearbyen, which will increase your desire to visit the town many times-
You cannot have cat as a pet
One interesting thing about Longyearbyen is that you cannot have a cat as a pet. As Salvard is home to Arctic birds and cats are a threat to bird life, that’s why cats are also prohibited in the town.
If you wanna die, then die somewhere else
Yes, you spell right, it’s illegal to die in the town. The town has a small graveyard which stopped accepting the new burials over 70 years ago and that is because the bodies doesn’t decompose and the reason behind it is the climate and permafrost soil.
So, if you are going to die, go and die somewhere else, it’s the law.
Main festival Solfestuka to welcome the sun
The main festival of people of Longyearbyen is Solfestuka. The amazing thing about the town is that the sun doesn’t rise for 4 months. It sets for the very last time each year on 25th Oct and it will not rise above the horizon for about 4 months and the sun finally returns back to Longyearbyen on March 8th.
Compulsory to take your shoes off
It’s a local custom of the town to take out your shoes off indoors and you’ll find a small and cute notice board in all the hotels, Salvard museum and many other places of the town but you need not worry, you are provided with the slippers to keep your feet from getting cold.
Snow scooters, the only preferred mode of transportation
Due to less extended road network, the only practical method of transportation available is snow scooters. And they are so crucial that for a population of only 2000 people, 4000 snow scooters are available.
Speaking of the northernmost
The world’s northernmost church, ATM, post office, museum, commercial airport and all are located here.
The streets of Longyearbyen doesn’t have any name, they are numbered.
Reindeer’s and Bears are easily visible
The place includes a good population of reindeer’s also, you can find reindeer’s roaming here and there easily but beware there are not only reindeer’s who are roaming; sometimes the wild bears from forest nearby can shiver you. There are about 3000 polar bears live nearby the town. It’s quite amazing that the population of bears is more than that of humans.
This town is a perfect location for any traveler as it provides a balanced mixture of both adventure and exotic beauty (the mountains, reindeer, midnight sun and snow all around).
Longyearbyen instantly makes you fall in love with itself. Its just perfect.