The svalbard global seed vault is a fail safe seed storage facility built to stand the test of time and the challenge of natural or man made disasters. What this is and how and why it came to be built in such a remote location are the subject of a new book called seeds on ice svalbard and the global seed vault by cary fowler. The svalbard global seed vault norwegian svalbard globale frhvelv is a secure seed bank on the norwegian island of spitsbergen near longyearbyen in the remote arctic svalbard archipelago about 1300 kilometres 810 mi from the north pole. The global seed vault opened in 2008 on svalbard norway above the arctic circle credit mari tefre global crop diversity trust creative commons license sometimes called the doomsday vault . The remarkable story of the global seed vault and the valiant effort to save the past and the future of agriculture closer to the north pole than to the arctic circle on an island in a remote norwegian archipelago lies a vast global seed bank buried within a frozen mountain
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