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Random weirdness for the week of March 1, 2016


We’ve long stated Longyearbyen residents are a bit dim in a way since, while the first sunrise after the three-and-a-half-month polar winter was Feb. 16, we don’t actually celebrate the first appearance of the sun until March 8. But here’s a real mental fuse-blower as everyone gears up for this year’s nine-day Solfestuka festival:

Sun picks wrong ‘eclipse’ day


Left out of the light, revelers resorted to a “(s)he’s naked under those clothes” attitude on what’s supposed to be one of Svalbard’s brightest days each year.

“The sun is up there somewhere,” said Henrik Rasmussen, one of the two emcees at Sunday’s ceremony intended to welcome the first of sunlight to shine on Longyearbyen in four months.



If you’re a hen, is it better to run around with your head chopped off or jump off a cliff without wings?

Solfestuka overshawdowed by eclipse?


Normally it’s the most popular cultural event of the year. This year, it isn’t even close to being the biggest sun-related event of the month.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Feb. 3, 2015

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Analyst: Goverment facing rising pressure in Austre Adventfjord cases 

The government is facing increasing pressure to resolve ownership and mining disputes on a large parcel of private land across the channel from Longyearbyen put on the market early last year, an analyst claims.