Just back from a trip to Svalbard in the High Arctic where I spent 5 days on a 20 metre research vessel cruising the coasts of this wild and inhospitable area. Despite it being summer the temperatures were in single figures and of course the sun never sets this far north in the summer. We were just 1000 miles from the North Pole and this was a fascinating new boating experience. I have been cruising in many parts of the World but have never been this far north. It is the farthest you can go north without encountering ice and the wildlife included polar bears and walruses