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Polar bear attacks group, injures tourist at Fredheim


A polar bear attacked a tour group of six people early Thursday morning about 30 kilometers northeast of Longyearbyen, with one man rescued by helicopter after sustaining injuries to his face and arm not considered to be life threatening, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

Eclipsed by crowds? Try these alternatives


You’re starving, but every eatery is packed and the lines at the supermarket are endless. It’s -20C and windy, and your “cold-weather” gear isn’t. You desperately need to send an e-mail or post on your blog, but every public wi-fi network is hopelessly overloaded.

Shelter seekers, sellers scrambling during final days before eclipse


Mȯnica Castellvi was desperate enough to use a dating website hoping to hook up with someone in Svalbard, even though her boyfriend is with her.

Open letter to intrepid novices hoping to visit during the March 20 total solar eclipse

svalbard in guardian

The following is a comment I posted at The Guardian’s website Sunday in response to an article they wrote about visiting during the March 20 total solar eclipse. It makes absolutely no mention of the insanity that will reign – suggesting a place to stay at for £90 a night, for example – so I figured trying to set their readers straight (and ours, if we had any, was worth a try).

Headlines stolen from Svalbardposten for the week of Jan. 13

Svalbardposten cover, Jan. 16, 2015

UNIS wants ‘doubling’ plan hastened due to Store Norske 
The University Centre in Svalbard is hoping to drastically accelerate plans to double its students and staff in the wake of the Store Norske crisis, telling the Norwegian central government the university is ready to play a bigger community role in Longyearbyen.