this webside is an internet supplement to my guidebook "Spitzbergen Handbuch" in German language, which has been sold in all its editions in almost 30.000 copies over the last decades.
This webside provides some general informations about the various editions and especially, it is meant as a source of specialised informations which supplement the book content but are of interest mainly for smaller circles of the readers. Therefore, they cannot be included into the book to keep its volume and price within reasonable dimensions. The internet, however, provides an excellent possibility of providing special information in detail for those interested in it.
As this is a supplement to the German guide book, there is no translation into English, as most of the texts on this webside refer to the German book texts and would be therefore of little use for somebody who does not understand the book in German language.
For the English-speaking friends of the Arctic, I have published a separate guide book for the same destinations (Spitsbergen, Franz Josef Land, Jan Mayen) via Bradt Travelguides (UK) and Globe Pequot (USA): "Spitsbergen - Svalbard, Franz Josef Land, Jan Mayen".
In English, the 4th edition (June 2009) is the newest - complete title:
Spitsbergen - Svalbard, Franz Josef Land, Jan Mayen. Author: Andreas Umbreit. Publishers: Bradt Travel Guides Ltd. (UK, Tel. (+44)-(0)1753-893444, www.bradtguides.com ).
272 pages, format 13.5 x 21.5 cm, numerous colour pictures, several b/w map sketches.
ISBN: 978 1 84162 240 8
For a coming 5th edition, a similar supplementary webside for this book is in planning.