Barentsburg: Russian Svalbard

Nice article at about a new push for tourism to replace coal mining in Barentsburg, the Russian city on Svalbard, at 78 degrees north latitude.

Here are two excerpts from Out in the Cold about visiting Svalbard for the March, 2015 total solar eclipse.

Photo from the Svalbard Gallery at

Two Nice Articles about Russia

In the run-up to Russia’s World Cup, The Guardian has two nice articles this week, one about “the mother of all rivers,” the Volga, featuring the river cities of Kazan, Samara and Volgograd, the other featuring “A little parcel of land smaller than Wales wedged up against the Baltic Sea,” the Russian exclave Kaliningrad, between Poland and Lithuania.