On a remote island in the Svalbard Archipelago, halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole is a secret vault and it holds hope for the generations to come. Built 400 feet into a mountainside The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a vast subterranean seed bank and storage facility on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen that stores around 840,000 samples of 4000 different species of seeds, from all over the world. Officially opened in February 2008, the seed bank aims to provide a safety net against accidental loss diversity in the case of a major global or regional event. It functions much like a safety deposit box at the bank, allowing organizations or governments to ‘deposit’ seed variations in the vault for the safekeeping, and only they have access to their deposits. The 11,000-square-foot facility is protected by highly advanced security systems and access is strictly limited to a handful of employees.
Yes, it is not open for all, but hey, how about exploring Spitsbergen, the largest and only permanently populated island of the Svalbard archipelago in northern Norway? Explore the untouched arctic wilderness and unique wildlife in a setting that is both rugged and fragile when you #GoBeyonder to this alluring landscape.