Svalbard is an archipelago belonging to Norway, located about halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole. Most of the islands and covered by snow and ice (glaciers), Svalbard used to have quite a few coal mines. Now, it is building it's tourism industry.
I spent a few weeks touring the island on a small ship and puttered around icebergs in a zodiac boat. Although the scenery is spectacular, it is difficult to convey the other senses. While in the ice pack, I can hear what sounds like rain drops hitting the water only to find out that it was small air pockets being released from the melting ice. These air pockets were trapped thousands of years ago when the snow was packed in tightly to form the glaciers. What an incredible feeling to know that one is breathing 10,000+ year old air.
The color of the icebergs are incredibly rich. The black lines were created by sandstorms from local mountains where the sediments fell on the top of the glaciers. All the icebergs in my photos are "as is". No color enhancements, etc. What you see is... well, what you see!
Light blue iceberg
In the ice pack
Polar bear rolling on the ice
Polar bear roaming the ice pack
Young walrus heading for open water
Snoozing on the shore