Although there seem to be evidence that Svalbard was visited by the Norsemen in the XII century, the discovery of the islands in 1596 is officially contributed to the Dutch explorer Willem Barents. During the XVII and XVIII centuries the islands were the basis for the Dutch,English and Basque whaling. In 1920 the Svalbard Treaty recognized that the islands belonged to Norway.
Thanks to its polar location, Svalbard is characterized by contrasts. In fact, thousands of tourists visit its beautiful archipelago every year in order to devise the midnight sun in summer and the polar night in winter, and of course, its massive glaciers.
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