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No per­ma­nent rese­arch sta­ti­on in Bil­lefjor­den

Skottehyt­te („Scot­tish hut“) in Bil­lefjord has been used by Polish sci­en­tists for fieldwork regu­lar­ly sin­ce 1984. In 2008, the Sys­sel­man­nen has announ­ced not to give fur­ther per­mis­si­on for this kind of use; the reason being that the hut, which is owned by the hun­ting and fishing socie­ty in Lon­gye­ar­by­en, was so full with equip­ment that it could hard­ly be used by others any­mo­re.

The Poles have then appli­ed for per­mis­si­on to estab­lish a new, per­ma­nent base near the old hut. The appli­ca­ti­on was tur­ned down to pro­tect the wil­der­ness cha­rac­ter of the area and becau­se it is gene­ral poli­cy that sci­ence shall main­ly be car­ri­ed out from exis­ting infra­struc­tu­re.
Pol­and is the only coun­try that has seve­ral rese­arch faci­li­ties out­side the sett­le­ments: the Horn­sund sta­ti­on, an out­lier 12 kilo­me­t­res nor­thwest of it, the smal­ler sta­ti­on at Kaf­fiøy­ra (For­lands­und) and a sum­mer-base in one of the his­to­ri­cal huts in Calyp­so­by­en (Recher­chefjord).

Skottehyt­ta, Bil­lefjord

Source: Sval­bard­pos­ten



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