Rant: If this article is true, everyone’s worst fears about that BBC ‘docu-soap’ are coming true

Rant: If this article is true, everyone’s worst fears about that BBC ‘docu-soap’ are coming true

If you live in Svalbard, be afraid. Be very, very afraid. Not because of any real-life dangers here, but because of the extremely hazardous view the world apparently will be getting about More »

Invasive species: Civilians rapidly joining world’s northernmost Pokémon Go militia to catch new intruders

Invasive species: Civilians rapidly joining world’s northernmost Pokémon Go militia to catch new intruders

Some intruder left some extremely bizarre (and probably toxic) items at the coal miner statue in the town center and Elene Nilsen is determined to catch ’em all. Nilsen 22, who by More »

Pokéing around: The unedited diary of the world’s northernmost Pokémon Go kingpin (for a day or two)

Pokéing around: The unedited diary of the world’s northernmost Pokémon Go kingpin (for a day or two)

The following is a guest column by Christian Thorensen (a.k.a. Whiteout666) I found out about the game late last Friday night (from my cousin) and on Saturday morning I installed the game More »

Bear of a trip: Mother polar bear and cubs force participants in governor’s annual cleanup cruise to flee

Bear of a trip: Mother polar bear and cubs force participants in governor’s annual cleanup cruise to flee

An undeniably trashy trip had an exciting ending as participants in The Governor of Svalbard’s annual cleanup cruise had to flee a beach when a polar bear family waddled nearby. More »

Random weirdness for the week of July 12, 2016

Random weirdness for the week of July 12, 2016

Svalbard Bryggeri may have generated most of the buzz during the past year when it comes to local liquids, but the frozen chosen dudes in the photo above managed to make some More »

 

Rant: If this article is true, everyone’s worst fears about that BBC ‘docu-soap’ are coming true

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If you live in Svalbard, be afraid. Be very, very afraid.

Not because of any real-life dangers here, but because of the extremely hazardous view the world apparently will be getting about life here starting a month from now. A 10-part BBC “docu-soap” is scheduled to debut Aug. 28 and it appears it may live down to the worst fears of everyone who felt them during the eight months of filming.

Invasive species: Civilians rapidly joining world’s northernmost Pokémon Go militia to catch new intruders

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Some intruder left some extremely bizarre (and probably toxic) items at the coal miner statue in the town center and Elene Nilsen is determined to catch ’em all.

Nilsen 22, who by day is a mild-mannered receptionist at the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, is among the small but rapidly growing citizen militia participating in countering perhaps the worse pollution and invasive species problem in Svalbard ever. At the statue, she pulls out a small space-age device and directs a beam toward the debris that seems equally invisible to the tourists passing by obliviously.

Pokéing around: The unedited diary of the world’s northernmost Pokémon Go kingpin (for a day or two)

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The following is a guest column by Christian Thorensen (a.k.a. Whiteout666)

I found out about the game late last Friday night (from my cousin) and on Saturday morning I installed the game to see what it was about – I was simply curious. (I used to play Pokémon Red way back – starting at age 11.)

Bear of a trip: Mother polar bear and cubs force participants in governor’s annual cleanup cruise to flee

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An undeniably trashy trip had an exciting ending as participants in The Governor of Svalbard’s annual cleanup cruise had to flee a beach when a polar bear family waddled nearby.

Random weirdness for the week of July 12, 2016

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Svalbard Bryggeri may have generated most of the buzz during the past year when it comes to local liquids, but the frozen chosen dudes in the photo above managed to make some folks woozy by selling (yes, lots of people are actually buying it) local glacier water at for 300 kroner for a 750ml bottle (tip: you’d need to bring a few for this hike).

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of July 12, 2016

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Private companies question Store Norske’s tourism plans
Store Norske’s plans to develop Svea as a tourist destination in cooperation with Spitsbergen Travel are raising concerns among other local tourism companies and officials, who say the government-owned company should not be allowed to offer subsidized activities that compete with private companies.

Uninhibited misadventurer: Man’s unarmed walk to Barentsburg, Isfjord Radio ‘a lesson for the others’

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Maksym Boreiko is a rugged explorer. He’s also a rash one whose hopefully thankful he’s alive.

Want to BBC a star? Locals followed by film crews for eight months hoping reality is extreme enough for ‘docu-soap’

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They continuously and openly shared intimate triumphs and some of their worst personal tragedies for the better part of a year. Now the drama is seeing the extremes others will go to in presenting their lives to the world.

A criminal mistake? Prosecutors to weigh charges in shooting of bear at Austfjordnes that also resulted in death of cub

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The case of fatal shooting of a female polar bear at the Austfjordnes trapping station last month, which resulted in the subsequent killing of her cub, is being sent to prosecutors in Tromsø to determine if criminal charges should be filed, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

All-clear: Government finds no criminal negligence in deadly Dec. 19 avalanche as cleanup of last debris ends

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Although official warnings the area was at-risk have existed for more than 20 years, there are no grounds for criminal charges following the avalanche last Dec. 19 that destroyed 11 homes and killed two people, according to prosecutors.