I have a strange fascination with snow and ice, so it’s no surprise that I have visited Svalbard twice so far. The first visit was in March 2017, when daytime temperatures never rose above -24ºC and plunged as low as -45ºC at night. The second trip was in late summer of 2019 when my son Max and I circumnavigated Spitsbergen, the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago.