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"Ice Town: Life on the Edge" on BBC Earth

Photo Credit: BBC Earth

Photo Credit: BBC Earth

A lot can happen in the middle of nowhere

Take a trip to the most northerly town on the planet for this gripping docu-soap charting the real-life highs and lows of its quirky inhabitants. The series is set in the town of Longyearbyen, an isolated outpost in the breath-taking wilderness of the Svalbard archipelago, halfway between Norway and Greenland. As well as its mining business, Svalbard houses the global seed vault and is at the centre of worldwide research into polar bears, climatology and glaciology.

As a result it is home to a unique expat community made up of 46 different nationalities, including American, British and Norwegian. With extreme arctic conditions, three months of total darkness and the ever-present danger of polar bears, this is not your average neighbourhood – and these are certainly not your average characters!

BBC Earth is on Starhub Channel 407.