"Svalbard, Spitsbergen, Spitzbergen, Spetsbergen, Spitsberg - this High Arctic archipelago is an unusual place of interest. It is the largest area of wilderness in Europe, holding few human traces and few human settlements even today." Svalbard: The Bradt Guide www.bradtguides.com
Von Bellingshausen saw Antarctica on 27 January 1820, three days before Bransfield sighted land, and ten months before Palmer did so in November 1820. On that day the expedition led by Von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev on ships Vostok and Mirny reached a point within 32 km of the Antarctic mainland and saw ice fields there. The first documented landing on mainland Antarctica was by the American sealer John Davis in West Antarctica on 7 February 1821, some historians dispute this claim.