Cruises from Ny-Alesund
Ny-Ålesund is one of four permanent settlements on the island of Spitsbergen in the Svalbard archipelago in the Kingdom of Norway. It is administered by Kings Bay company, a Norwegian government enterprise. Lying within the Arctic Circle just 1255 km from the North Pole, it is the northernmost functional civilian settlement in the world, with a population varying from 35 to 180 (winter to summer). Founded as a coal mining town in 1916, it was eventually closed in 1963 as the result of a mining disaster.
However, from 1964 Ny-Ålesund became an international research station, and a facility for the European Space Research Organisation.