Photo: ‘Ice and snow turn to water…who owns this?’

Photo: ‘Ice and snow turn to water…who owns this?’

A snowmobile living life on the edge might find itself in an alterative lifestyle rather soon if its owner doesn’t offer some guidance. Photo by Nelly Larsen. More »

If Super Pumas are grounded, why not the governor’s (and what was that ‘other’ helicopter at the ski marathon)?

If Super Pumas are grounded, why not the governor’s (and what was that ‘other’ helicopter at the ski marathon)?

A Super Puma helicopter that killed 13 people when it crashed off the coast of west Norway on Friday is a “next generation” model of the two rescue helicopters used by The More »

Random weirdness for the week of May 3, 2016

Random weirdness for the week of May 3, 2016

A space object that may or may not be the Death Star or some other alien craft cast a light ray on Longyearbyen last week (see photo above). Alien sightings are reported More »

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of May 3, 2016

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of May 3, 2016

Polar bear spotted near town gets ticket to far northeast A polar bear that wandered near Longyearbyen last Friday has been released  at Ringertzøya in Nordaustlandet, according to The Governor of Svalbard. More »

BREAKING: North Pole expeditions from Svalbard may be over as Russia blames Norway for worst season ever, says Barneo ice camp operations will move to Franz Josef Land

BREAKING: North Pole expeditions from Svalbard may be over as Russia blames Norway for worst season ever, says Barneo ice camp operations will move to Franz Josef Land

The climactic heat resulted in the shortest and most disastrous North Pole season from Svalbard ever. The political heat may mean it’s also the last. The Barneo ice camp stopped accepting new More »

 

Photo: ‘Ice and snow turn to water…who owns this?’

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A snowmobile living life on the edge might find itself in an alterative lifestyle rather soon if its owner doesn’t offer some guidance. Photo by Nelly Larsen.

If Super Pumas are grounded, why not the governor’s (and what was that ‘other’ helicopter at the ski marathon)?

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A Super Puma helicopter that killed 13 people when it crashed off the coast of west Norway on Friday is a “next generation” model of the two rescue helicopters used by The Governor of Svalbard, so a worldwide grounding of the fleet doesn’t apply to the local aircraft, according to officials.

Random weirdness for the week of May 3, 2016

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A space object that may or may not be the Death Star or some other alien craft cast a light ray on Longyearbyen last week (see photo above). Alien sightings are reported regularly in Svalbard, including people claiming a spaceship spent a year or so on the town’s beachfront and a UFO that crashed in the mountains is now hiding with the zombies in the Doomsday Vault. For more about our endless efforts to pursue the truth about what’s out there check out our otherworldy coverage

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of May 3, 2016

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Polar bear spotted near town gets ticket to far northeast
A polar bear that wandered near Longyearbyen last Friday has been released  at Ringertzøya in Nordaustlandet, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

BREAKING: North Pole expeditions from Svalbard may be over as Russia blames Norway for worst season ever, says Barneo ice camp operations will move to Franz Josef Land

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The climactic heat resulted in the shortest and most disastrous North Pole season from Svalbard ever. The political heat may mean it’s also the last.

The Barneo ice camp stopped accepting new expeditions and began shutting down Saturday, only 11 days after opening nearly two weeks later than planned, and officials there stated in a post on their official Facebook they are planning to move their logistics operations from Svalbard to Franz Josef Land. The post does not specifically state the move will occur next year, but it does put most of the blame for this year’s disastrous season on new regulations enacted by Norway last year.

Polar bear near Longyearbyen tranquilized, flown away from town by helicopter as scores of observers watch

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A polar bear that approached Longyearbyen from Adventdalen early Friday afternoon was tranquilized and flown by helicopter from the area after it settled onto a shoreline across the channel from town near cabins and popular snowmobiling trails.

Random weirdness for the week of April 19, 2016

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Svalbard Church Priest Leif Magne Helgesen, who famous in this space for some of the naughtiest photos we’ve ever published  (and that’s saying something), found a whole new way to be bad this week with a snowmobile streering selfie posted on his Facebook page that suggests a bit of, um, faithful navigation. “I do not think this is accepted as a dignified execution of the Traffic Safety Act,” wrote former Svalbard Lt. Gov. Jens Olaf Saether, using a devilish emoticon as punctuation. Of course, being a still photo there’s no actual proof of a moving violation and since he lived to post it apparently his boss didn’t blow a gasket over it…

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Feb. 19, 2016

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Tourism, sea ice projects top new environmental grants  
Nearly 6.2 million kroner has been awarded to a total of 22 projects in the latest round of grants from the Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund. The largest grant is 675,000 kroner for a nature information center being established as a pilot project by Svalbard Museum.

Officials kill polar bear shot by tour group after aggressive encounter at northern tip of Spitsbergen

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A polar bear that reportedly approached and resisted efforts to be scared away from a Finnish tour group at the north tip of Spitsbergen was killed by officials Saturday after a member of the group shot the animal, wounding it but not killing it, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

A top race to the bottom: climate, politics compete for bragging rights during disastrous North Pole season

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It appears the biggest competition in the most disastrous North Pole season in modern history will be whether a political or climactic meltdown will most evaporate the hopes of scores hoping to reach the top of the world.

The Barneo ice camp at 89 degrees latitude north finally opened to expeditions this week – nearly two weeks later than hoped – after several attempts to build a stable ice runway failed due to cracks in ice floes and other problems. But many of the adventurers expecting to depart were told shortly afterward most of the passenger and cargo flights had been put on hold due to new Norwegian regulations for flights between Longyearbyen and Bareno – setting off a barrage of infuriated social media and blog posts from various expeditions seeing their odds of success melting away.