Burned again by bad tourists: Visitors use, destroy grill at cabin; some owners ask if security cameras are needed

Burned again by bad tourists: Visitors use, destroy grill at cabin; some owners ask if security cameras are needed

As long as a handful of tourists keep acting like idiots, they’re going to get called out for it here – and stigmatize the others. More »

Multi-multi-lungual: New Svalbardposten editor familiar with many languages by many definitions

Multi-multi-lungual: New Svalbardposten editor familiar with many languages by many definitions

It’s daunting enough to be a new newspaper editor sitting down on the first day and facing the task of getting out the next issue. Hilde Kristin Røsvik found herself facing the More »

Imitation art work: Government’s ‘debut’ of artists’ residency program in Longyearbyen overlooks original

Imitation art work: Government’s ‘debut’ of artists’ residency program in Longyearbyen overlooks original

Yes, it’s a shinier version of what we already have, but it’s rather misleading the givers of the gift keep insisting it’s a new, first-time thing. “Norwegian government launches art foundation and More »

Random weirdness for the week of June 21, 2016

Random weirdness for the week of June 21, 2016

Greenpeace, in its latest “Save the Arctic” stunt in Svalbard, rigged one of the more elaborate sound stages for Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi, who performed his original composition “Elegy for the Arctic” More »

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of June 21, 2016

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of June 21, 2016

Kulturhuset renovation cost doubles; gets OK anyhow A planned renovation of Kulturhuset that would make it the main entrance to Longyearbyen’s main government offices and the new home of the library will More »

 

Burned again by bad tourists: Visitors use, destroy grill at cabin; some owners ask if security cameras are needed

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As long as a handful of tourists keep acting like idiots, they’re going to get called out for it here – and stigmatize the others.

Multi-multi-lungual: New Svalbardposten editor familiar with many languages by many definitions

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It’s daunting enough to be a new newspaper editor sitting down on the first day and facing the task of getting out the next issue. Hilde Kristin Røsvik found herself facing the necessity of publishing two during the same week.

Imitation art work: Government’s ‘debut’ of artists’ residency program in Longyearbyen overlooks original

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Yes, it’s a shinier version of what we already have, but it’s rather misleading the givers of the gift keep insisting it’s a new, first-time thing.

“Norwegian government launches art foundation and residency on Svalbard,” is typical of the barrage of global headlines during the past couple of weeks, after the government announced June 12 it is providing two million kroner annually for a residency program supporting three to five artists per year. The announcement coincided with an exhibition by the museum’s first resident artist and a conference of international artists focusing on the Arctic.

Random weirdness for the week of June 21, 2016

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Greenpeace, in its latest “Save the Arctic” stunt in Svalbard, rigged one of the more elaborate sound stages for Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi, who performed his original composition “Elegy for the Arctic” on a floating platform near Wahlenbergbreen on Monday.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of June 21, 2016

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Kulturhuset renovation cost doubles; gets OK anyhow
A planned renovation of Kulturhuset that would make it the main entrance to Longyearbyen’s main government offices and the new home of the library will cost twice its originally projected cost, according to city leaders debating the issue at a meeting last week.

Arctic guise? So U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Svalbard…what difference does it make now?

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Even if he wasn’t one of the most traveled and heavily briefed persons in the world about international issues, he offered specific and extensive comments about the impacts of climate change in the Arctic before arriving. And the quotes to the press by both visitor and host were near carbon clones of those following visits by other world leaders.

So what of substance did come from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s five-hour visit to the archipelago Thursday?

Trondheim man buys lottery ticket worth 13.5M kroner at Svalbardbutikken; tops previous local record by nearly 12M

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An unidentified Trondheim man won 13,581,485 kroner with a Lotto ticket purchased Saturday at Svalbardbutikken, according to Norsk Tipping.

The man thought he was getting a “nonsense” call when inform about the prize, although he was eventually persuaded otherwise, according to a press release from the lottery organization.

Female bear shot by trapper, cub euthanized by officials because it ‘has no chance of surviving without its mother’

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A female polar bear was shot Monday by one of two trappers who just began a year’s stay at the Austfjordneset trappers’ cabin, with the bear’s cub subsequently euthanized by officials who said it had no chance of suriving, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

Ghost of a ghost: Pyramiden’s tourism revival means both new life and becoming a shadow of its haunted past

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Tours begin with a humorous quip about the only thing it’s OK to steal.

Standing under Pyramiden’s iconic entrance sign next to a cart containing supposedly the last ton of coal mined in the settlement, the famous guide known as Sasha delivers his usual spiel in a voice and clothing directly from central casting of the stereotypical Soviet era.

“Sometimes tourists like to take coal from there so we have to refill it,” he said. “It’s OK though. If you want some coal, that’s OK.”

Random weirdness for the week of June 16, 2016

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If the rule of “better view = worse food” is true, we’re wondering just how bad the food would have to be to offset the view at “Svalbard Wildlife Restaurant,” a meal stop on one of taxing tours offered by a tour company founded by the same guy responsible for the rustic Gjesthuset 102.