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AVALANCHE UPDATE: Mixture of thankfulness and sadness as Longyearbyen celebrates Christmas Eve


Andreas Styrsell spent Christmas Eve doing one of the most familiar of activities – cooking a traditional Norwegian Christmas dinner for his neighbors. The difference this year is none of them are allowed to celebrate this holiday season at home.

Styrsell, a Longyearbyen resident since 2012, was one of five employees at Kroa who offered to come to work on what was supposed to be a day off to cook a free holiday meal for about 30 residents whose homes are still considered unsafe to live in after last Saturday’s avalanche. The restaurant’s owners announced their plans to host the dinner Tuesday and the response was immediate and enthusiastic, including from employees whose holiday plans had already been severely altered.

AVALANCHE UPDATE: Kroa offering free Christmas Eve dinner to evacees


Kroa is offering a free Christmas Eve dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. for residents still unable to return to their homes.

It would be good if we can get feedback from people who are interested, preferably by noon on Dec. 23 so that we can organized what must be organized,” a Facebook post by the restaurant notes.