If you ever wondered where the best place to hide during the apocalypse is, the correct answer is Svalbard. Nestled away in this archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole is a real-life doomsday vault.
Located in one of the northernmost inhabited areas on Earth, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is tucked far, far away to ensure it survives any potential apocalyptic carnage. Take a look inside at the fascinating — albeit creepy — interior of this last-hope bunker.
The vault houses more than 860,000 samples (some samples containing up to 500 seeds), collected since the vault's opening in 2008. The temperatures are kept low to help preserve the seeds should the worst come to pass, so that any survivors may replant and replenish.
There's enough space in the vault's three main rooms to store literally millions of additional samples. These are maintained by The Crop Trust, self-described as "an international organization working to safeguard crop diversity, forever."
And, as you've seen, they're serious when they say "forever."