• Spitsbergen – Svalbard. The complete guidebook (new edition)
  • Spitsbergen – Svalbard. The complete guidebook (new edition)
  • Spitsbergen – Svalbard. The complete guidebook (new edition)
  • Spitsbergen – Svalbard. The complete guidebook (new edition)
  • Spitsbergen – Svalbard. The complete guidebook (new edition)
  • Spitsbergen – Svalbard. The complete guidebook (new edition)
  • Spitsbergen – Svalbard. The complete guidebook (new edition)
  • Spitsbergen – Svalbard. The complete guidebook (new edition)
  • Spitsbergen – Svalbard. The complete guidebook (new edition)
  • Spitsbergen – Svalbard. The complete guidebook (new edition)
  • Spitsbergen – Svalbard. The complete guidebook (new edition)
  • Spitsbergen – Svalbard. The complete guidebook (new edition)
  • Spitsbergen – Svalbard. The complete guidebook (new edition)
  • Spitsbergen – Svalbard. The complete guidebook (new edition)
  • Spitsbergen – Svalbard. The complete guidebook (new edition)
  • Spitsbergen – Svalbard. The complete guidebook (new edition)
  • Spitsbergen – Svalbard. The complete guidebook (new edition)
  • Spitsbergen – Svalbard. The complete guidebook (new edition)
  • Spitsbergen – Svalbard. The complete guidebook (new edition)
  • Spitsbergen – Svalbard. The complete guidebook (new edition)
  • Spitsbergen – Svalbard. The complete guidebook (new edition)
  • Spitsbergen – Svalbard. The complete guidebook (new edition)
  • Spitsbergen – Svalbard. The complete guidebook (new edition)

Spitsbergen – Svalbard. The complete guidebook (new edition)

Natural and human history - Routes and regions - Useful and important information

The new, updated 5th edition is now available!

Fifth updated edition (2023) of the english guidebook Spitsbergen-Svalbard.

An ebook version is available on Apple Books (click here).

Occasionally, reduced copies with minor cosmetical damage (something like dented cover edge) are available. Click here to check availability of reduced copies.

Comprehensive guidebook about Spitsbergen. Background (wildlife, plants, geology, history etc.), practical information including travelling seasons, how to travel, description of settlements, routes and regions.

This new edition has got 608 pages and all chapters have got a lot of updates and new information. All maps have been improved and come in colour print now. Also the colour photos have been updated and they are now not organised in separate sections anymore, but all photos are located in the the text, exactly where it makes most sense.

Language: English

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Natural and human history - Routes and regions - Useful and important information

This new edition (the 5th, from February 2023) has got 608 pages. All chapters have got a lot of updates and new information. All maps have been improved and come in colour print now. Also the colour photos have been updated and they are now not organised in separate sections anymore, but all photos are located in the the text, exactly where it makes most sense.

This book does not only cover comprehensive information concerning all fields of possible interest, but is at the same time a photo book containing many colour images to illustrate many wildlife and flower species and to document landscapes and places from all over the archipelago.

»Spitsbergen – Svalbard« has detailed information about the flora and fauna of Spitsbergen, its nature and human history and detailed chapters about all regions, fjords, islands and settlements. 14 mammal species, 26 bird species and 29 flower species are described in detail and illustrated with colour photographs. Many sketch maps within the text provide geographical orientation. Furthermore, this books will answer questions concerning practical issues, how to travel in Spitsbergen, which seasons are good, relevant legislation, hazards out in the field and more.

Popular routes (hiking, snow mobile tours, cruises) are described in detail.

»Spitsbergen – Svalbard« has approximately 608 pages (A5, paperback) including more than 260 colour photographs to document the biological and geographical diversity of Spitsbergen.

Table of contents (abbreviated version.

Foreword
1. Preface
2. Introduction 
3. Travelling in Svalbard: Useful, practical and important information
3.1 Seasons
3.2 How to travel
3.3 Tour operators 
3.4 Clothing, hygiene & the environment, photography 
3.5 Getting to Spitsbergen 
3.6 Conservation, cultural heritage, protected areas, safety 
3.7 Longyearbyen 
3.7.7 From coal to space research: Longyearbyen through 100 years

4. Natural history 
4.1 Geology 
4.2 Geography, glaciers, permafrost 
4.3 Oceanic currents 
4.4 Sea ice 
4.5 Driftwood, plastic pollution and environmental toxins 
4.6 Climate and weather 

4.7 Mammals
4.8 Birds 
4.9 Plants

5. History
5.1 Vikings 
5.2 Pomors 
5.3 Willem Barentsz 
5.4 Whaling in the 17th century 
5.5 Early expeditions and science 
5.6 Attempts to fly to the Pole: Virgohamna and Ny-Ålesund 
5.7 Trappers 
5.8 Whaling in the early 20th century 
5.9 The Spitsbergen Treaty 
5.10 Mining 5.11 The Second World War 
5.12 Spitsbergen after the war

6. Fjords and islands, settlements and stations: The regions of Svalbard 
6.1 Isfjord
6.2 Forlandsund east side
6.3 Prins Karls Forland 
6.4 Kongsfjord 
6.5 Krossfjord 
6.6 The northern west coast
6.7 Northwestern Spitsbergen 
6.8 Raudfjord 
6.9 The Woodfjord area 
6.10 Moffen 
6.11 Wijdefjord 
6.12 Ny-Friesland, Verlegenhuken
6.13 Sorgfjord 
6.14 Hinlopenstretet 
6.15 Nordaustland 
6.16 Storøya, Kvitøya 
6.17 Kong Karls Land 
6.18 Spitsbergen's east coast, Storfjord 
6.19 Barentsøya 
6.20 Edgeøya 
6.21 Tusenøyane, Halvmåneøya, Ryke Yseøyane 
6.22 Hopen 
6.23 Bjørnøya
6.24 Sørkapp Land 
6.25 Hornsund
6.26 Hyttevika, Dunøyane, Isøyane, Kapp Borthen 
6.27 Bellsund 
7. Arctic environmental problems
 

Reference 978-3-937903-53-8Weight 0.76 kg – Dimensions: 14.80 x 21.10 cm

608

Pages

Paperback

binding

Many

Maps

267

Colour photos

English

Language

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literature list

The literature list has now reached an amount that it does not make sense anymore to include it in the printed version of the book. The pages thus saved have been put to better use! But of course the literature list, together with a geological glossary, remains available: click here to download the literature list and geological glossary as a pdf-file.

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table of contents

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Elisabeth Prouteau 04/03/2024

A must have for a travel to Spitsbergen

Even if you're not lucky enough to go on an expedition to Spitsbergen, this book will take you on a journey through beautiful images of Artic flora and fauna, accompanied by precise descriptions. I highly recommend this travel guide.

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Mathieu 04/01/2024

Excellent guidebook

Of all the guidebooks on Spitsbergen that I read before going there, this one is -by far- the most comprehensive. Especially useful were the detailed descriptions of the most common boat- hiking- and snowmobiling trips. Furthermore, the elaborate descriptions of the landscapes, history and geology of the different parts of Spitsbergen really helped to make my trip to Spitsbergen an even more enjoyable experience.

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Greg P 03/07/2024

Outstanding

This book really covers all the bases for you to fully appreciate the archipelago, very comprehensive and nicely written. Rolf Stange has put a lot of effort into creating this guidebook, thanks for the hard work to make life easy for a polar guide such as me! 100% worth having shipped across the Atlantic.

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Jean Mouette 08/26/2023

The Bible!

If you only have room for one book onboard, it has to be "Spitzbergergen": tested and fully approved by a team of four people, two Norwegians and two French, that has been sailing for 6 weeks this summer (2023), from Tromsø to Svalbard, up to Rossøya and back through Hinlopen Strait! A gold mine, to which you come back every day, and read several times every chapter, so helpful and interesting!

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Francesco 04/12/2023

Top notch

No doubts one of the, if not THE, most complete and interesting guidebooks I've ever read about a specific area/region of the world. Must have/read for planning a trip to Spitsbergen.

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Paula Sćiuk 03/10/2023

Independently and carefully researched reference - a must have b

Useful, comprehensive and pertinent information, a must read for anyone considering or returning to the Spitsbergen Svalbard region. Outlining history, wildlife, flora, geography written by a polar expedition leader, geologist and photographer residing in the high Arctic.

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