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Wiped out? Svalbardbutikken increases prices, runs out of toilet paper; figuring out why reveals more madess
A packet of salmon fillets costing about 40 kroner a few weeks ago now costs more than 70. A whole frozen chicken selling for about 50 kroner now costs more than 90. And for a couple of days you couldn’t buy toilet paper at any price.
Boxed out: Stormy weather disrupts flights, ships for two weeks; mailboxes, grocery shelves largely empty
If visitors arriving for Polarjazz (or whatever) this week feel the shelves at the supermarket are a little thinly stocked, it’s a bountiful harvest compared to what’s been available much of the past two weeks.
ALERT: Svalbardbutikken closed Monday morning due to power supply failure; repairs expected by 1 p.m.
Svalbardbutikken remained dark during its scheduled 10 a.m. opening Monday due to a failure of the store’s main power system, but repairs are expected to be completed by about 1 p.m., according to Morten Helliksen, the store’s administrative director.
Forget the polar bears – this seemingly meek creature (getting his well-deserved comeuppance from the hand of humanity) is Svalbard’s really deadly form of wildlife.
LNS starting a treasure hunt for rubies in Greenland
LNS is scheduled to start trial production is scheduled to start this month at the Aappaluttoq ruby mine in Greenland, which Administrative Director Frode Nilsen said could be worth billions of dollars.
Update: 2:50 p.m.: The supermarket has reopened. The closure, for safety reasons, was due to the break of an aging water main pipe. No damage or loss of inventory is being reported.
Svalbardbutikken closed its doors at about 1:20 p.m. Monday afternoon due to a water line problem that is flooding part of the store. Morten Helliksen, the store’s administrative director, said he expects the store to remain closed for up to 90 minutes.
Most of Norway’s major newspapers are no longer sending copies to Svalbard, citing the cost of doing so on commercial flights, with Longyearbyen’s largest retailer now scrambling to negotiate an alternative means of shipment.
Trapper Hilmar Nois’ hut moved from eroding shore
Villa Fredheim, the landmark historic hut at Sassendalen used by trapper Hilmar Nois, was moved about 50 meters from the shoreline Friday to prevent coastal erosion from destroying the monument.
Obviously local businesses and plenty of homeowners made out – like bandits in some cases – but the high cost of seeing Svalbard’s dark side resulted in some dim moments from locals and the penny-pinched visiting hoards.