Planning a visit to beautiful Longyearbyen, Norway, the northernmost town in the world? Perhaps for some polar bear spotting? Or some nordic skiing? Climbing, maybe. There are no shortage of outside activities one can do in Longyearbyen, but there’s something to keep in mind—try very hard not to die in Longyearbyen. It’s illegal to be buried there. It’s been this way for 70 years too. No burials. Rumors exist that it’s actually illegal to die there. Enforcement would likely be tricky with that one.

It’s the permafrost, you see. The entire region is plunged into sub-zero temperatures year-round. So bodies would never decompose. They’d simply sit in the ground, corpse popsicles, only to potentially emerge during periods of warming.

This short shows the beauty and the strangeness of the place. It may captivate you to the point of a visit. Just be sure to leave alive.


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