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Random weirdness for the week of June 20, 2017


Yeah, lots of people make fun of Svalbarði’s “super premium” glacier water that costs 400 kroner per 750-milliliter bottle here and twice that elsewhere. But at least it’s marketable as a unique taste of the purity of Svalbard. That can’t be said for the latest bonkers beverage that’s roughly the equivalent of grinding up the world’s most expensive steak and using it to make chili.

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


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.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Oct. 25, 2016


Runway upgrades may cause sharp drop in flights, tourism next summer
Replacing the lights and smoothing out the surface on the runway at Svalbard Airport may severely affect tourism next summer, according to industry officials. The runway is scheduled to be closed nights during June and July, thus preventing one of two flights usually offered daily during the summer by Scandinavian Airlines and Norwegian Airlines.