Norwegian Air halts flights in Norway, Sweden and Denmark due to strike; may affect Svalbard starting Friday

Norwegian Air halts flights in Norway, Sweden and Denmark due to strike; may affect Svalbard starting Friday

A pilots’ strike at Norwegian Air that resulted in the cancellation of nearly all Scandivian flights Wednesday, affecting about 35,000 people, could have major consequences for Svalbard beginning Friday. More »

‘Preserve’ Pyramiden by destorying it – or just eliminate all the humans?

‘Preserve’ Pyramiden by destorying it – or just eliminate all the humans?

A robot riding a roller coaster certainly qualifies as a “radical idea” for preserving the long-abandoned mining settlement of Pyramiden More »

Governor beefs up emergency prepardness, but other types of crises loom

Governor beefs up emergency prepardness, but other types of crises loom

The Governor of Svalbard did a pretty good job of improving its ability to deal with emergencies, but that may not offset a lot of unplanned incidents that happen at the local More »

Solfestuka overshawdowed by eclipse?

Solfestuka overshawdowed by eclipse?

Normally it’s the most popular cultural event of the year. This year, it isn’t even close to being the biggest sun-related event of the month. More »

‘Did you feel that?’

‘Did you feel that?’

Being researchers, it was certainly exciting discovering a new concept of “shift change.” A new team of scientists and crew members is working aboard the Lance research vessel with the reassurance it’s More »

 

Norwegian Air halts flights in Norway, Sweden and Denmark due to strike; may affect Svalbard starting Friday

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A pilots’ strike at Norwegian Air that resulted in the cancellation of nearly all Scandivian flights Wednesday, affecting about 35,000 people, could have major consequences for Svalbard beginning Friday.

‘Preserve’ Pyramiden by destorying it – or just eliminate all the humans?

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A robot riding a roller coaster certainly qualifies as a “radical idea” for preserving the long-abandoned mining settlement of Pyramiden

Governor beefs up emergency prepardness, but other types of crises loom

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The Governor of Svalbard did a pretty good job of improving its ability to deal with emergencies, but that may not offset a lot of unplanned incidents that happen at the local and national levels in the future.

The governor’s annual report for 2014, released last week, highlights improvements such as a new service vessel, a second full-size rescue helicopter, a new hanger and more police officials assigned to a wider range of duties among of the year’s main achievements.

Solfestuka overshawdowed by eclipse?

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Normally it’s the most popular cultural event of the year. This year, it isn’t even close to being the biggest sun-related event of the month.

‘Did you feel that?’

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Being researchers, it was certainly exciting discovering a new concept of “shift change.”

A new team of scientists and crew members is working aboard the Lance research vessel with the reassurance it’s solidly frozen into the sea ice at a safe northern latitude. But their initiation was anything but tranquil as the final hours of the departing participants were shook up by the ice around the vessel breaking up well to the south of its present location.

Random weirdness for the week of Feb. 24, 2015

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There’s been some grousing about how the new breed of thrifty-minded tourists are remarkably ignorant about polar bear precautions (or even that they exist here, in at least one case), but maybe that’s because of the absurdly misleading stuff that keeps appearing on movie and TV screens.

Icepeople PDF: Feb. 24, 2015

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Nearly a week late, it’s our giant “we’re corrupt” issue (see rant in the next post for details). Whatever our woes, they don’t come close to the harrowing “shift change” for those aboard the Lance research ship. In other news, the annual welcome-the-sun fest starts during a blizzard, a robot on a roller coaster (and no people) is the best vision for Pyramiden’s future, spaced-out students score big under the northern lights and Hollywood is again trying to kill visitors here with ignorance.

Icepeople staff confesses to mass corruption

We have robbed the fine people of Svalbard and beyond. But we’re really, really sorry.

Another major wind and snow storm expected Sunday and Monday

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Two weeks after a blizzard pounded Svalbard with hurricane-force winds, a slightly less powerful sequel is scheduled to arrive Saturday night and continue until Monday, according to the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.

Lance’s ‘stock’ crashes: Research ship pushed out of sea ice, will be escorted north again by Coast Guard

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As it turns out, the “rally” was short.

The Lance research vessel, which was nearly forced out of the sea ice a week ago until a major storm reversed its southward draft, is now in loose ice and needs to be escorted north again to resume its six-month study of the ice, Svalbardposten reported Saturday.