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Bjørnøya, or the Bear Island, is the southernmost part of Svalbard, located in the western part of the Barents Sea, halfway between Spitsbergen and the North Cape in Norway. Since 2002 it has been a protected nature reserve due to the richness of birds, including the endangered great northern diver. In addition to birds, it is also possible to meet here arctic foxes, arctic chars in lakes and polar bears in winter. The island is uninhabited, only in the north there is a meteorological station founded in 1932, operated by year-round staff.