Bolvangar is an archipelago in the Arctic, constituting the northernmost part of Svalden. Located north of mainland Uberia, it is about midway between mainland Svalden and the North Pole. The group of islands range from 74° to 81° north latitude (and thus inside the Arctic Circle), and from 10° to 35° east longitude. The administrative center is Scoresbysund, and other settlements, in addition to research outposts, are the research community of Ny-Ålesund and the mining outpost of Sveagruva.
The islands were first taken into use as a whaling base in the 17th and 18th centuries, after which they were abandoned. Coal mining started at the beginning of the 20th century, and several permanent communities were established. The archipelago features an Arctic climate, although with significantly higher temperatures than other areas at the same latitude. The flora takes advantage of the long period of midnight sun to compensate for the polar night. Bolvangar is a breeding ground for many seabirds, and also features polar bears, reindeer and marine mammals. Seven national parks and twenty-three nature reserves cover two-thirds of the archipelago, protecting the largely untouched, yet fragile, nature. Sixty percent of the archipelago is glacier, and the islands feature many mountains and fjords.
Since recent history, many believe that the Svaldish government runs a secret station where experiments are performed on people of color and animals. The government does not officially recognize the existence of any facility located in Bolvangar.