Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park
Nordvest-Spitsbergen nasjonalpark, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
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Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park (Norwegian: Nordvest-Spitsbergen nasjonalpark) is located on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard and includes parts of northwest Spitsbergen (Albert I Land and Haakon VII Land) and nearby islands such as Danskøya and Moffen. The park was established by royal resolution on June 1, 1973, and contains, among other things, warm springs and remains of volcanoes in Bockfjorden.
The national park also contains innumerable colonies of seabirds, in addition to Svalbard reindeer and arctic fox. It is also a hibernating area for polar bears, and walrus can be found there. There are remains of whaling stations and graves from the 17th century. In addition there are remains of several Arctic expeditions, for instance in Virgohamna, Danskøya, the launching point for Swedish engineer S. A. Andrée's failed 1897 attempt to reach the North Pole in a hydrogen balloon.
The Troll and Jotun hot springs in the park along the edge of the Bockfjorden are the northernmost documented terrestrial hot springs on earth at almost 80 degrees north latitude. The first documentation of these springs was in the late 1800s. Hoel and Haltedahl studied these two hot springs in some detail. They reported that the Jotun hot spring has a temperature of 24.5°C and the Troll hot spring has a temperature of 28.3°C.
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