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Ny-Ålesund is situated on the 79th parallel north on Spitsbergen island, which makes it the most northerly permanent civilian settlement in the world. It houses the largest laboratory for modern Arctic research in existence. It has a very restricted access both because of the scientific project that are conducted and the measuring instruments that are situated around the area. To come to the settlement you have to be either a scientist working on a project with one of the stations or maintaining the infrastructure of the place.
The exceptions are rare. There are many rules and regulations here and everything is designed to restrict human activity, protect the wildlife and preserve environment.