Embed video
Spitsbergen. The long dark night

On the icy island of Spitsbergen in the Arctic Ocean, people are outnumbered by polar bears and snowmobiles are used rather than cars. Its long Arctic night starts in November, and the sun doesn't return for months. In addition to the Norwegians who maintain nominal control of Spitsbergen, the island is home to the Russian mining community of Barentsburg, a "company town" that is run by Arktikugol, a Russian state coal mining company. Its hardy employees and their spouses and children brave the elements to maintain the small community of less than 500 people. 

What do you think?

comments powered by HyperComments

New films straight to your inbox the day they’re posted! By submitting your information, you agree to receive emails from RTD Documentary Channel. You can opt out at any time.