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Daily Archives: 17. March 2012 − News & Stories

Bad winter season

The warm and wet winter weather has so far gone badly over the season. Both tourists and local touring enthusiasts are suffering from bad terrain conditions. Several spells of temperatures well above freezing and heavy rain have turned snow into ice. The fjords have largely remained open, rather than freezing over. Popular destinations such as Kapp Linné and Noorderlicht, the “boat in the ice” which is normally frozen in fast ice in Tempelfjord in mid March, can hardly be reached. The situation demands a lot of flexibility from tourists and tour operators.

Blue ice instead of snow: then it is better to stay at home.

Bad winter season - Sassendalen

Source: Svalbardposten (1112)

Drug abuse in Longyearbyen

In autumn last year the police caught 11 young people in Longyearbyen with drugs. 10 of them have by now been sentenced to fines or prison up to 60 days (partly suspended). Next to owning and selling amounts of up to 100 g of cannabis, one person was also charged for breaching laws regulating firearms because of improper storage. Two persons were expelled from Spitsbergen for up to 4 years. The local newspaper Svalbardposten found out last year (after the drug razzia) in an internet poll that 911 out of 1060 readers are in favor of expelling drug users and dealers from Spitsbergen.

The criminality level is comparatively minor and mainly directed at covering own demands, but has to be seen in the context of a small, isolated town with many young inhabitants. The cannabis was smuggled from Norway to Longyearbyen by mail.

In Longyearbyen, grass is not only growing on the tundra.

Drug abuse in Longyearbyen: Cottongrass, Longyearbyen

Source: Sysselmannen, Svalbardposten (1112)


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