Tag Archives: DUI

Just another typical Svalbard police blotter: Snowmobile DUI checkpoint nabs 1 of 85 drivers; reindeer with broken leg killed


The crowds now arriving in force for adventures in the “remote” Arctic found themselves dealing with a bit of cold reality Saturday in the form of traffic jams at a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoints for snowmobilers. But for nearly all it was merely a nuisance as only one of 85 drivers saw red, so speak, on the alcohol test – and that tourist suffered far less of a hardship than a reindeer suffering a broken leg that police killed after it was spotted near Huset.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of May 24, 2016


400 kr. for a 750ml bottle of ‘luxury’ local water ‘not a lot’
Anyone in Svalbard can drink locally sourced water merely by turning on a tap – or melting ice or snow – but Jamal Qureshi says he believes plenty of people will be willing to pay 400 kroner for a 750-milliliter bottle of his water from the archipelago.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Feb. 19, 2016


Tourism, sea ice projects top new environmental grants  
Nearly 6.2 million kroner has been awarded to a total of 22 projects in the latest round of grants from the Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund. The largest grant is 675,000 kroner for a nature information center being established as a pilot project by Svalbard Museum.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of March 5, 2016


Historic trestles getting fresh legs starting this spring
Longyearbyen’s historic coal mining trestles are getting new legs to stand on, so to speak, as rotting poles supporting the massive wooden towers are scheduled to be replaced starting this spring.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Feb. 9, 2016


Demolition of homes buried by avalanche at midpoint
Workers have demolished six of the 11 homes damaged beyond repair by the Dec. 19 avalanche as of this week, according to LNS Spitsbergen, which has posted a video of the ongoing work.