Tag Archives: The Governor of Svalbard

HELICOPTER HOVERING IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Rescuers searching for missing hiker above homes mystifies residents


A helicopter hoving just above homes at Sukkertoppen and Gruvedalen near the center of Longyearbyen at about 10 p.m. Saturday prompted plenty of puzzled inquiries from residents below, as the aircraft was searching for a missing hiker who soon afterwards was located after being unable to communicate because his mobile phone battery was dead, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

BEAR NEAR LONGYEARBYEN CHASED OFF BY GOVERNOR: Predator visits Hiorthhamn without incident Saturday, but helicopter deployed to keep it away from people


A polar bear visiting Hiorthhamn on Saturday morning gave people across the bay in Longyearbyen an interesting diversion without causing any damage or other incidents, but The Governor of Svalbard deployed a helicopter to chase it away to prevent it from getting closer to town and thwart folks tempted to approach the animal for a closer look.

BEARS OF SUMMER: Yet another campsite vacated after getting visit from polar bear who resists being scared away


Eight people vacated a campsite at Ymerbukta after  the latest in a series of non-harmful encounters during the past couple of weeks, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Aug. 6, 2019


More summer bear encounters, more pedestrian paths in Longyearbyen and yet another person without proper equipment results in a full-scale rescue search in the wee-morning hours.

POLAR BEAR INVADES CAMP: Ten kayakers removed by rescue officials after bear tears apart tents at site at Gipsvika


A polar bear that invaded a campsite and tore apart tents just after midnight Friday forced the ten kayakers to abandon the site after rescue officials chased the animal away with a helicopter, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

BAILING OUT: Two kayakers rescued after flooding leaves them in the water of Isfjorden for two hours


Two Danish men unable to pump out water flooding their kayak in Isfjorden, leaving them in the sea with their dry suits, were rescued after triggering their emergency beacon late Sunday night, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of July 23, 2019

Walking through a mining settlement from early 1900s from your couch, two rescue helicopters sent out when a sailboat catches fire and the city government fines itself 50,000 kroner for violations while working on upgrades to its own building.

AN UNFORTUNATE FEW DAYS AT SEA: Passengers rescued from grounded sailboat, young man dies from epilepsy on cruise ship in third sea emergency in three days


Passengers were rescued from a sailboat that ran aground in Isfjorden and a young man on a cruise ship in northwest Spitsbergen died after a serious epilepsy attack, marking the second and third emergencies at sea in three days in the wake of a historic vessel that suffered engine room flooding from a leak near Pyramiden.

POLAR BEAR APPROACHES TOWN: Governor spends Monday morning chasing animal away from Longyearbyen


A polar bear spotted near Longyearbyen early Monday morning that at one point approached the dog kennels at the edge of town proved difficult to chase away  despite lengthy efforts by officials using a helicopter and other means, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

ALERT: Upper homes/lodging in Nybyen evacuated, other access limits in town imposed due to weather-related avalanche risks; (UPDATE: Order lifted as of noon Saturday)


Update 2 p.m. Saturday: The evacuation order was lifted as of noon Saturday, according to The Governor of Svalbard. Vei 300 between Huset and the old museum is still closed until after Easter weekend.

Original story: An evacuation of Gjesethuset 102 and other buildings near the mountainside in Nybyen, along with access restrictions in other at-risk areas of Longyearbyen, was ordered by The Governor of Svalbard on Friday evening due to rain and above-freezing temperatures that are causing a variety of problems for people trying to get about.