There is a place where no one is born and no one dies. Of course you can die anywhere, but you cannot be buried here because it has been discovered that bodies fail to decompose. You cannot be born here because pregnant women are made to return to the mainland to give birth. There are no cats, no trees, no traffic lights. There is no amusement park, but there is a circus troupe. In the winter it is completely dark, but in the summer the sun never sets.
This is Longyearbyen, the largest settlement in the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago and the world’s northernmost town. Although it is difficult to regard it as the best place to live, many people fall in love with it at first sight. Some people came here for two weeks and stayed for five years or more, but not many decide to settle here permanently. Sometimes you have the impression that people are trying to escape from something; that this is just a retreat. This is not real life.
Who? Dominika Gesicka
Docking May 3-31 2016
Working on This is not real life
About the world’s northernmost city, Longyearbyen on Svalbard, Norway.