33,000 Russian troops rehearsed ‘the speedy seizure of northern Norway,’ other parts of Scandinavia this spring

33,000 Russian troops rehearsed ‘the speedy seizure of northern Norway,’ other parts of Scandinavia this spring

Shortly before Dmitry Rogozin was thumbing his nose at Norway by visiting Svalbard and hundreds of Russian soldiers were training on the ice north of the archipelago, a far more massive invasion More »

Cracking down: Lance ends six-month expedition on thin ice as scientists save gear while floe shatters

Cracking down: Lance ends six-month expedition on thin ice as scientists save gear while floe shatters

They spent their final days working feverishly on rapidly vanishing sea ice that threatened to break up and swallow their equipment. But Amelie Meyer said the challenge was nothing like the extreme More »

‘The threat of annihilation': Svalbard Church priest returns to West Bank to try to save village from demolision

‘The threat of annihilation': Svalbard Church priest returns to West Bank to try to save village from demolision

Inside the home, “considered to be more of a big tent,” there’s a “happy reunion” with a family celebrating the post-fast Iftar meal during Ramadan. Outside, soldiers are awaiting orders to destroy More »

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of June 23, 2015

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of June 23, 2015

Time again for Svalbard’s most intoxicating contest The official arrival of summer means it’s time to deal with the season’s really big question: when will the “stem” of the enormous champaign glass More »

Random weirdness for the week of June 23, 2015

Random weirdness for the week of June 23, 2015

A cluster of snowmobiles and wood pallets in a dense housing area – one of many such clusters around Longyearbyen – is fueling a fierce online debate this week that’s essentially the More »

 

33,000 Russian troops rehearsed ‘the speedy seizure of northern Norway,’ other parts of Scandinavia this spring

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Shortly before Dmitry Rogozin was thumbing his nose at Norway by visiting Svalbard and hundreds of Russian soldiers were training on the ice north of the archipelago, a far more massive invasion of the area south of here was being practiced.

Cracking down: Lance ends six-month expedition on thin ice as scientists save gear while floe shatters

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They spent their final days working feverishly on rapidly vanishing sea ice that threatened to break up and swallow their equipment. But Amelie Meyer said the challenge was nothing like the extreme conditions during the project’s first days nearly six months ago.

‘The threat of annihilation': Svalbard Church priest returns to West Bank to try to save village from demolision

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Inside the home, “considered to be more of a big tent,” there’s a “happy reunion” with a family celebrating the post-fast Iftar meal during Ramadan. Outside, soldiers are awaiting orders to destroy the village, which those inside the tent believe may happen the next day.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of June 23, 2015

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Time again for Svalbard’s most intoxicating contest
The official arrival of summer means it’s time to deal with the season’s really big question: when will the “stem” of the enormous champaign glass on Operafjellet break?

Random weirdness for the week of June 23, 2015

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A cluster of snowmobiles and wood pallets in a dense housing area – one of many such clusters around Longyearbyen – is fueling a fierce online debate this week that’s essentially the Arctic version of the “your parked vehicle is making the neighborhood look ugly” feuds in countless suburban neighborhoods elsewhere.

Polar bear seen eating dolphins for first time; climate change blamed, skeptics still shrug

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Of course the internet caught fire: It’s two of mankind’s most-adored animals (click) in a horrifically graphic and savage image (click) promoting that ultimate threat/hoax known as climate change (click, click, click).

Mine not yours: Parliament OKs Store Norske bailout; private shareholders protest forced sale of stocks

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Store Norske is breathing a sigh of relief after getting its bailout by a nearly unanimous vote in Parliament. But the decision intended to keep the company alive at least through next year is also upsetting many people, including private shareholders being forced to give up their holdings at what some say is a shocking low price.

Photo: Decapitated or buried up to its neck?

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A rock decorated by Swedish artist Joakim Stampe keeps on eye on passerbys along the main pedestrian walkway in the center of Longyearbyen. Stampe is in Svalbard from June 14 to 22 as part of the Arctic Action live art festival, featuring five individual or group artists visiting intermittently and exhibiting largely improvised works at various locations.

Random weirdness for the week of June 16, 2015

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Whoa…it seems Svalbard may have a very lucrative future in mining after all. Our dwindling coal deposits may never make it back into the black, but we’ve now got the Great White Hope, according to an Italian visitor who has revealed the existence of “coke mines” covering a vast area of Spitsbergen.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of June 16, 2015

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Nordstjernen again cruising in Svalbard after overhaul  
The Nordstjernen, a 59-year-old ship that supposedly departed Svalbard for good in 2012, is again taking tourists on cruises this summer in the archipelago after getting extensive refurbishments.  returns with millions in refurbishments.