Tag Archives: North Pole

Fuzzy tracks: Circumstances of polar bear shot near North Pole remain murky as officials suppport differing claims

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Two different experts who’ve seen the videotape of a polar bear being shot near the North Pole this month are siding with two different narratives about what happened. It remains unclear who, if anyone, involved in other expeditions to the Pole were notified before they encountered the wounded bear. And it appears the bear itself is being left to its own fate.

Opening the world’s top ‘resort’: Barneo welcomes first guests to balmy -30C weather and ice-solid camp conditions

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The opening of this year’s Barneo ice camp went so smoothly it might be called dull. Which for those working at and beginning expeditions from the camp is very exciting indeed.

These go to 89: Local band Advent Bay Poolboys to play first rock concerts at Barneo ice camp during five-day stay

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Some people spend years planning and hundreds of thousands of kroner for expeditions to the top of the world. Thomas Nilsen sent a Facebook message on a whim and got an invite to hang out there free with four of his friends for five days.

Unlike others at the Barneo ice camp at roughly 89 degrees latitude north, they aren’t renowned polar explorers, Earth-shaking scientists or soldiers receiving extreme-weather training. Instead, it’s about putting rock on ice as the local quintet known as the Advent Bay Poolboys is scheduled to perform what are billed as the first-ever rock concerts at the camp.

Random weirdness for the week of Nov. 13, 2016

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Plenty of folks have suggested Svalbard as an ideal destination for U.S. residents wanting to flee instead of being ruled by The Don, but at least one person is asking Santa to give the gift of a much simpler solution – albeit one that may have people here wishing for a wall.

BREAKING: North Pole expeditions from Svalbard may be over as Russia blames Norway for worst season ever, says Barneo ice camp operations will move to Franz Josef Land

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The climactic heat resulted in the shortest and most disastrous North Pole season from Svalbard ever. The political heat may mean it’s also the last.

The Barneo ice camp stopped accepting new expeditions and began shutting down Saturday, only 11 days after opening nearly two weeks later than planned, and officials there stated in a post on their official Facebook they are planning to move their logistics operations from Svalbard to Franz Josef Land. The post does not specifically state the move will occur next year, but it does put most of the blame for this year’s disastrous season on new regulations enacted by Norway last year.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Sept. 22, 2015

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Russian airline goes silent about fate of plane at N. Pole
The fate of a Russian plane carrying tourists that crash landed near the North Pole in April remains unknown as the airline, Shar Ink, has stopped responding to inquires about its promise to remove the aircraft this summer.

Yet another Pole dance: Russia submits new claim saying it owns North Pole to U.N.

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It could be called a fight for the northernmost chunk of ice in the world, except by the time it’s decided the water might be warm enough to go swimming.

Random weirdness for the week of June 9, 2015

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Scientists aboard the Lance research vessel suffered a bit of a performance problem with their seamen this week during what was described as a stumbling and bumbling physical encounter.

Norway to enact tougher entry rules for Svalbard; Rogozin calls Arctic this year’s Crimea

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Concerns Svalbard might be among Russia’s next targets after the Ukraine are no longer speculative, as Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin followed up a controversial visit to the archipelago by telling a Russian TV station this week he considers the two areas similar.

‘It is too late to wave their fists after a fight:’ Russian official banned by Norway defiant after North Pole visit

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Standing on top of the world and hailing his troops by triumphing the “defeat of the enemies of Russia” while critizing “cowardice (and) indecision” by earlier Russian leaders, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin concluded a controversial two-day trip to Svalbard and the North Pole by declaring “the Arctic is Russian Mecca.”