Located in Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago in Svalbard, Norway, the Svalbard Satellite Station is a satellite ground station located on a mountain plateau at 400 to 500 meters (1,300 to 1,600 ft) above the sea level.
The road to the satellite ground station, also known as SvalSat, is totally unpaved, with some steep sections. It’s 5.8km (3.60 miles) long. The facility itself is situated on the Platåberget mountain plateau. There is a real danger of encountering polar bears. If you do choose this route please check up to date information. Construction of the road started in 1996.
Always check the weather forecast before you start your journey: adverse conditions are common. Located on the archipelago of Svalbard in the Arctic Ocean, the road is regularly blocked by severe weather. Avalanches and landslides force the road to close anytime. It was established in 1996 and today is the world’s largest commercial ground station.