Tag Archives: Gilles Elkaim

‘I will definitely return here’: Growing up in Barentsburg means students, visitors exchange fascinating life experiences

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(Editor’s note: This is one in a series of articles by Anna Demkovich, 14, about moving to and growing up in Barentsburg).

It’s hard to forget the landscapes of the Arctic. Especially the beautiful view that I watched every day from the window: the Sleeping Knight, the Pomor Lodge, the fjords.

Controversial French explorer convicted fined 40K for illegal boat voyage in Svalbard; he says he will appeal

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A French explorer waging a war of accusations against Norway’s government since being detained in northeast Svalbard during a boat trip last fall was convicted Tuesday and ordered to pay 40,000 kroner for violating several environmental and access laws.

Quest for the top: Denied chance to seek the North Pole, French explorer is going after Norway’s government for stopping him

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Gilles Elkaim’s latest dream is an epic quest to the North Pole in the spirit of Fridtjof Nansen. But the longtime French explorer’s free-thinking ways are considered a crime in Svalbard, so he’s following in the footsteps of the historic Norwegian explorer in another way: waging a very public war on what he calls cruel government repression.