Category Archives: Svalbard

Random weirdness for the week of Sept. 12, 2017

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The sight of gunshot-riddled reindeer carcasses hanging from what’s normally a swing set at Kullungen Kindergarten is yet another reminder Svalbard is a right-wing conservative haven, no matter what stereotypes they have about Norway being an Arctic version of North Korea.

Steal-A-Meal: Living on ‘stolen’ bread crusts, cheese and waffles? It’s possible. Here’s the next-best legal thing

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A week’s worth of thick-cut oats and raisins: 33 kroner. A week’s worth of tomato/pasta soup and bread: 32 kroner. A week’s worth of spaghetti, jars of marinara and pesto sauce, and brussels sprouts hey, they’re now haute cuisine when they’re roasted): 51 kroner.

Or, if that’s too extravagant, just buy one of those five-kilogram bags of jasmine rice for 40 kroner and indulge in a healthy third-world diet for a month.

And if even that is too profligate, there’s always the crusts and other stray pieces of fresh bread people leave behind in the slicer.

Seeing things literally: Filming of TV shows may help boost first-ever book festival in Longyearbyen

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Previous versions of this story have not had a happy ending.

A film festival flopped massively. A rock festival flamed out before the second act. So what makes organizers think an early fall festival focusing on books can succeed?

Ironically, at least part of the answer to the inaugural Longyearbyen Literarature Festival, which begins on Monday, might be the power of television.

Persistent summer visitors: Mother polar bear and cubs spotted in Adventdalen, governor closes area to traffic

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A mother polar bear and her two cubs – and there’s no official word on if they’re the same visitors spotted near Longyearbyen a few days ago – wandered into Adventdalen on Sunday afternoon, prompting The Governor of Svalbard to close a portion of the area to public traffic.

Random weirdness for the week of Aug. 29, 2017

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Maybe they’re just getting back at us for overheating the planet and melting all that sea ice they used to hunt on.

Just the usual summer visit: Mother polar bear returns to familiar turf near Longyearbyen w/ cubs before being chased away

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A mother polar bear and two cubs lingering for several hours in a cabin area across the channel from Longyearbyen were chased away Thursday evening using a helicopter, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

‘I’ve never been so wet and cold’: Poor weather and illness ends month-long attempt to row from Svalbard to Greenland

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Even two days after the world declared the historic attempt to row across the northern Atlantic over due to a disabled boat and ill crew stranded by weather on a nearly deserted Arctic island, expedition leader Fiann Paul was refusing to give up.

Costly chase: Snowmobile guide fined 12K for disrupting polar bear; governor threatens travel ban where animals are

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A tour guide has been fined 12,000 kroner – and future tours are facing an arguably much harsher penalty – after disrupting a polar bear by leading a snowmobiling group too close to the animal, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

Howler of a fish tale: 16.3kg northern wolffish caught in Icefjorden is largest ever hooked in Norway – by a lot

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Asgeir Alvestad’s got a whale of a fish tale, which is a good thing because trying to serve up his record-size catch as anything more than showcase would set off howls of protest.

Alvestad, 49, a Lillesand resident described in media reports as one of Norway’s most famous anglers, caught a 16.3-kilogram northern wolffish in Isforden last week, more than twice the weight of the previous record for the species in Norway.  He said he used a rod to catch the fish from a depth of about 300 meters.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Aug. 22, 2017

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City forces brewery forced to halt beer bingo, Friday evening gatherings
Svalbard Bryggeri is suspending its Thursday beer bingo and Friday evening social gatherings indefinitely because the city states the facility is not legally licensed for such activities.