Polar bear ransacks cabins at Kapp Laila; officials tranquilize it and fly it far north

Polar bear ransacks cabins at Kapp Laila; officials tranquilize it and fly it far north

A polar bear that ransacked several cabins at Kapp Laila was tranquilized and flown by helicopter to Nordaustlandet on Friday, according to The Governor of Svalbard. More »

ALERT: SAS strike cancelled at last moment, extra Svalbard flight scheduled to help cancer patient

ALERT: SAS strike cancelled at last moment, extra Svalbard flight scheduled to help cancer patient

A full-scale strike by Scandinavian Airlines pilots in Norway was averted as the last moment, but that was still too late for Jørn Dybdahl, a Longyearbyen resident whose Thursday flight to Oslo to More »

BREAKING: SAS pilots threaten to strike starting Thursday; local concert cancelled, weekend events face uncertainty

BREAKING: SAS pilots threaten to strike starting Thursday; local concert cancelled, weekend events face uncertainty

A threat by Scandinavian Airlines pilots to escalate a strike starting Thursday has resulted in the cancellation of a tour-opening concert by a Norwegian band that evening and may disrupt other events More »

1,600-liter barrel of diesel captured on film as it falls from governor’s helicopter into sea near Pyramiden

1,600-liter barrel of diesel captured on film as it falls from governor’s helicopter into sea near Pyramiden

A 1,600-liter barrel of diesel fell from a helicopter into the water near Pyramiden while it being carried by one of The Governor of Svalbard’s aircraft, with those transporting the fuel lacking More »

Random weirdness for the week of Sept. 12, 2017

Random weirdness for the week of Sept. 12, 2017

The sight of gunshot-riddled reindeer carcasses hanging from what’s normally a swing set at Kullungen Kindergarten is yet another reminder Svalbard is a right-wing conservative haven, no matter what stereotypes they have More »

 

Polar bear ransacks cabins at Kapp Laila; officials tranquilize it and fly it far north

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A polar bear that ransacked several cabins at Kapp Laila was tranquilized and flown by helicopter to Nordaustlandet on Friday, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

ALERT: SAS strike cancelled at last moment, extra Svalbard flight scheduled to help cancer patient

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A full-scale strike by Scandinavian Airlines pilots in Norway was averted as the last moment, but that was still too late for Jørn Dybdahl, a Longyearbyen resident whose Thursday flight to Oslo to receive cancer treatment was cancelled. So Dybdahl, never one to shy from expressing his views, expressed his frustration to one of Norway’s biggest newspapers – and helped 112 other travelers stranded here by doing so.

BREAKING: SAS pilots threaten to strike starting Thursday; local concert cancelled, weekend events face uncertainty

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A threat by Scandinavian Airlines pilots to escalate a strike starting Thursday has resulted in the cancellation of a tour-opening concert by a Norwegian band that evening and may disrupt other events scheduled this weekend – plus, of course, travelers and businesses.

1,600-liter barrel of diesel captured on film as it falls from governor’s helicopter into sea near Pyramiden

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A 1,600-liter barrel of diesel fell from a helicopter into the water near Pyramiden while it being carried by one of The Governor of Svalbard’s aircraft, with those transporting the fuel lacking the equipment to contain the spill before it dispersed into the sea, according to officials.

Random weirdness for the week of Sept. 12, 2017

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The sight of gunshot-riddled reindeer carcasses hanging from what’s normally a swing set at Kullungen Kindergarten is yet another reminder Svalbard is a right-wing conservative haven, no matter what stereotypes they have about Norway being an Arctic version of North Korea.

Steal-A-Meal: Living on ‘stolen’ bread crusts, cheese and waffles? It’s possible. Here’s the next-best legal thing

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A week’s worth of thick-cut oats and raisins: 33 kroner. A week’s worth of tomato/pasta soup and bread: 32 kroner. A week’s worth of spaghetti, jars of marinara and pesto sauce, and brussels sprouts hey, they’re now haute cuisine when they’re roasted): 51 kroner.

Or, if that’s too extravagant, just buy one of those five-kilogram bags of jasmine rice for 40 kroner and indulge in a healthy third-world diet for a month.

And if even that is too profligate, there’s always the crusts and other stray pieces of fresh bread people leave behind in the slicer.

Seeing things literally: Filming of TV shows may help boost first-ever book festival in Longyearbyen

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Previous versions of this story have not had a happy ending.

A film festival flopped massively. A rock festival flamed out before the second act. So what makes organizers think an early fall festival focusing on books can succeed?

Ironically, at least part of the answer to the inaugural Longyearbyen Literarature Festival, which begins on Monday, might be the power of television.

Persistent summer visitors: Mother polar bear and cubs spotted in Adventdalen, governor closes area to traffic

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A mother polar bear and her two cubs – and there’s no official word on if they’re the same visitors spotted near Longyearbyen a few days ago – wandered into Adventdalen on Sunday afternoon, prompting The Governor of Svalbard to close a portion of the area to public traffic.

Random weirdness for the week of Aug. 29, 2017

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Maybe they’re just getting back at us for overheating the planet and melting all that sea ice they used to hunt on.

Just the usual summer visit: Mother polar bear returns to familiar turf near Longyearbyen w/ cubs before being chased away

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A mother polar bear and two cubs lingering for several hours in a cabin area across the channel from Longyearbyen were chased away Thursday evening using a helicopter, according to The Governor of Svalbard.