Svalbard: Svalbard Wildflowers

For an archipelago way above the Arctic circle, Svalbard has an astonishing array of wildflowers. Most if not all are tiny and clinging to earth, not higher then a few inches from the ground. The flowering period during the short summer is very compressed, and the blooms are quite colorful to attract the few pollinating insects. Among most common and beautiful species are moss campion, Svalbard poppy (only grows in Svalbard), tufted saxifrage, alpine bistort, wooly lousewort, sea rocket, Arctic mouse-ear, mountain avens, purple saxifrage, dwarf willow, and much more.