Beasts of burden: Volunteers discover ultimate price wildlife pays for trash, want others to see the deadly entanglements

Beasts of burden: Volunteers discover ultimate price wildlife pays for trash, want others to see the deadly entanglements

Several meters away from a large square of crude log benches were more than a dozen intact and shattered wine bottles were loosely grouped, two large sets of reindeer antlers were hopelessly More »

A huge piece of ship: Buyers on mainland reportedly want giant Santa’s mailbox, but the shipping costs are insane

A huge piece of ship: Buyers on mainland reportedly want giant Santa’s mailbox, but the shipping costs are insane

Which is the harder challenge for Santa: traveling 1,050 kilometers per second to deliver all his gifts in one night or changing his mailbox address? Let’s just say he’s done the first More »

Random weirdness for the week of Aug. 1, 2017

Random weirdness for the week of Aug. 1, 2017

Maybe the photo above reveals why so few rainbows are seen in Longyearbyen. A rainbow stretching from the sea towards town earlier this month failed to make it across the road due to More »

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Aug. 1, 2017

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Aug. 1, 2017

Computer equipment stolen from former kindergarten Computer equipment was burglarized from Longyearbyen Kindergarten between Friday night and Monday morning, according to The Governor of Svalbard. “We do not want to come out More »

Deck of tour boat M/S Langøysund catches fire with 34 aboard during BBQ; passengers trapped, no serious injuries reported

Deck of tour boat M/S Langøysund catches fire with 34 aboard during BBQ; passengers trapped, no serious injuries reported

The deck of the M/S Langøysund tour boat caught fire in Isfjorden shortly before noon on Thursday, according to The Governor of Svalbard.but was extinguished by the crew a short time later with no More »

 

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of June 20, 2017

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Better efficiency called key part of future energy supply
Buildings in Longyearbyen are so energy inefficient it’s possible to increase population by nearly half, build houses for them and still save energy compared to what Longyearbyen uses today.

Girlfight: Best men for buccaneering are women in local student performance of ‘Peter Pan’

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(Imagining the scenario in the land of alternative reality: A student performance of “Peter Pan” featuring an all-female lead cast ended in rioting by parents who assaulted teachers in the audience and tore down the stage set while denouncing the “brainwashing” of youths by coercing them into positive portrayals of homosexuality, transsexuality and racial stereotypes. Angry murmurs throughout the play erupted into violence during the play’s climactic moment when Peter Pan pleaded with the audience to show their belief in fairies…)

Meanwhile in this most-cool town it wasn’t part of any tolerance, diversity or other politically correct exercise. It just turns out the best man for the job was a woman.

Freedom tour: Free ways to go exploring in Longyeabryen without your wallet or a weapon

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We get it: It’s a long and expensive trip to get to Longyearbyen and not everyone is into 1) being immediately herded by the dozens onto tour buses or 2) walking aimlessly past a bunch of ugly industrial buildings in the hope of finding something interesting once you reach the nicer part of town.

Random weirdness for the week of June 13, 2017

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John Lennon celebrates a 50th anniversary by sticking his face in snow. Doomsday Vault Derangement Syndrome continues with links to Nazis and global human infertility. Threats from space cannibals. And can palm trees Make Svalbard Great Again?

Shelter until the snow flies: Governor lifts evacuation order for homes evacuated after avalanche – but only temporarily

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Nearly 60 residences evacuated after an avalanche destroyed two nearby apartment buildings in February can be used as temporary housing until “the ground is covered by snow” unless protective measures are implemented, The Governor of Svalbard announced Tuesday evening.

Well-read (and red): New library opens to raves about space and modern features, plus a few startling moments of alarm

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The ribbon-cutting ceremony was low-key and quiet, as befitting a traditional library. But moments later Susanna Margula and Bjørn Torjus Hansen provided the first of many noise-making moments showing how the new Longyearbyen Library is far different and more modern than the old.

‘Just run like hell’: Andreas Nygren, worn out from hiking and paddling, simplifies tactics to win Spitsbergen Marathon

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Marathoners typically spend the last few days before a race taking it easy so their muscles can recover from intense training. But Andreas Nygren wasn’t about to waste his few days in Svalbard, so he went on hiking and kayaking trips before the race – and thus feeling exhausted just reaching the starting line.

Dire dozen: Number of people employed in Longyearbyen drops 12 percent due largely to mining, construction losses

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The number of people employed in Longyearbyen dropped 12 percent between 2015 and 2016, due primarily to Store Norske completing its large-scale layoffs and suspending most of its mining operations, according to Statistics Norway.

Isn’t that special? Nearly all of Longyearbyen’s eateries/shops adjust to increasing demand for various diets and allergens

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Svalbard’s concept of a “special diet” historically meant staples such as whale and reindeer meat, and even in the modern day the archipelago is exempt from allergen labeling requirements that exist in the rest of Norway. But with Longyearbyen shifting in recent years from a mining-dominated town to a more diverse one where tourism and research is increasing, so are the requests from those with special diets and efforts by restaurants and stores to accommodate them.

Digging deep: UNIS working aggressively to boost enrollment, curb deficits, according to annual report

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More students than ever are learning about the many aspects of the Arctic at The University Centre in Svalbard, but officials responsible for the school’s finances are getting some chilly lessons of their own.