Svalbard, Norway

The subpolar archipelago of Svalbard is a true place of the heart. Deliciously remote and yet surprisingly accessible, Svalbard is Europe's most evocative slice of the polar north and one of the continent's last great wilderness areas. Shapely peaks, massive ice fields (60% is covered by glaciers) and heartbreakingly beautiful fjords provide the backdrop for a rich array of Arctic wildlife (including one-fifth of the world's polar bears, which outnumber people up here) and for summer and winter activities that get you out amid the ringing silence of the snows.