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Our destination was the Svalbard archipelago, part of Norway. We flew from Oslo to Longyearbyen, the main settlement of Svalbard. From there we boarded our cruise ship, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov. The next ten days were spent cruising round the Svalbard islands, mainly Spitsbergen, going as far north as 80º45’N, before turning south, finding our way through the ice floes and back to Longyearbyen.