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Svalbard Daily Planet for the week of Aug. 11-18, 2019


More tensions with Russia as a key ocean research project and a much-anticipated Hurtigruten cruise east of Svalbard are in peril, weather delays the removal of the wrecked Northguider trawler from north Svalbard, Svalbard called “good practices” example as cruises to other small Arctic communities cause problems, start of annual whaling season brings annual protests, Store Norske coal to aid climate research before mines are dismantled, and more stories from media around the world you may have missed.

Coffins from Svalbard’s biggest graveyard saved from coastal erosion, offer clues to life in 1600s


The remote and harsh setting often made life very hard indeed, but also meant Mother Nature took great care with the dead after they submitted to the elements.

Until recently.

The well-preserved remains of three men in coffins at Likneset were removed from Svalbard’s largest graveyard earlier this month and are now in cold storage at Svalbard Museum. The graveyard is on a coastal cliffside at Likneset on northwestern Spitsbergen, described as the heartland of whaling in the archipelago during the 17th and 18th centuries, but erosion had put the coffins in immanent danger of being washed into the sea.

Random weirdness for the week of May 12, 2015


When a barely-in-her-20s pop diva talks about visiting Svalbard for inspiration because “I wanted to get a sense of breaking free and breaking away,” perhaps one should assume she won’t opt for the most mature way of doing do.