When hiking across Spitsbergen’s blooming tundra at the peak of spring (mid-June) (Photo 1), we sink in bog-like mosses and lichens, passing Arctic mushrooms, which – despite their diminutive size – still tower over the archipelago’s miniature trees. It is, therefore, only natural that the question posed in the title raises eyebrows. A jungle? You mean, here??
In April, spring is already in full swing. Unless, that is, you happen to be in Svalbard, which is still white, empty and downright wintry.
It’s no mean feat to survive in the Arctic. There are some, however, who have brought the skill to perfection.
One of the consequences of the ongoing climate change is the melting of polar ice. The extent of sea ice in the far north has been on the decline since 1979 at the average rate of 11.3% per decade.
They’re everywhere. From carpets beneath our feet, through contact lenses in our eyes, to planes above our heads.