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Postkassen on Platåfjellet in Svalbard

This mailbox is located in one of the most scenic locations of the world, on the way to the summit of Platåfjellet mountain

Postkassen on Platåfjellet

The road to Postkassen lies through tundra and rugged terrain. It is also relatively steep and begins behind cobbled city houses or from the top of the mining valley. All you need is the direction to the “sugar top”.

You will need to cross a river to Longyearelva before following the walk up in the morning through Longyearbreen. Halfway to the sugar top, you'll find a stone cob made of small stones with a mailbox on it. Mid-morning offers the best visibility. From here, you can enjoy the view up the valley towards the Nordenskiöld top or pick some fossils.

Although you may strive to climb there any time of year, the most favourable conditions are observed between June and August when the ground is dry and solid, and there's enough daylight to enjoy the views.

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What is the best time of year to visit Postkassen?

The months between June and August is considered the best time to visit Postkassen. Visitors can expect a dry and solid ground, and the extended daylight period makes it possible to navigate the steep roads to the mailbox. Tourists can enjoy the exceptional views without being concerned about any adverse weather conditions, which are prevalent during other times of the year. Show more

What kind of scenic views are available from Postkassen?

One of the most magnificent scenic views available from Postkassen is that of Nordenskiöld top and its neighboring valley. Tourists can indulge in fossil picking along the way to the Platåfjellet for an even more incredible experience. The spectacular view offered by Postkassen is why it is the spot hikers love to rest in while navigating the Platåfjellet mountain range in Svalbard. Show more

Are there any specific safety measures that need to be in place while visiting Postkassen?

Any visitor to Postkassen should keep in mind several safety measures. Physical and mental preparation is necessary to navigate the steep roads and rugged terrain. Proper clothing, ample water, and food supply are essential since the weather in the region can change quickly. Additionally, visitors should maintain awareness of their surroundings and be on alert for polar bears, which are indigenous to the area. Show more

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