The Hornsund area is situated within South Spitsbergen National Park, and is the southernmost fjord in Svalbard . Coastal plains are covered with very rich tundra vegetation. Mountain slopes and cliffs are breeding places for numerous sea birds in the summer such as little auk. Visitors will also see polar foxes and reindeer across the tundra, and Hornsund is the region where the most important movements of polar bears between western parts of Spitsbergen and Storfjorden take place throughout the year. Due to the unique and pristine richness of the marine fauna and flora in Hornsund, it was nominated as one of the 12 European Biodiversity Flagship Sites by the European Community.