In The Field

Way up North

Longyearbyen, on the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, is most northerly place you can get to on a commercial flight. If you’re brave (or foolish) enough to want to go trekking to the North Pole (about 1,000 kilometres away), you have to go through here. But I’m not doing that – I’ve come here to watch the first seeds being put into a mountain bunker, with the aim of providing a backup copy of almost every crop there is. 

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