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Polar bear in Lon­gye­ar­by­en: part II

Yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day, 15 Octo­ber) a polar bear visi­ted Lon­gye­ar­by­en (see yesterday’s post here). The bear was final­ly dri­ven away by the Sys­sel­man­nen (poli­ce), who fol­lo­wed it several kilo­me­tres by heli­co­p­ter to make sure it would return direct­ly.

But it did. Now, the polar bear is some­whe­re on the sea shore of Advent­fjord adja­cent to Advent­da­len, clo­se to Lon­gye­ar­by­en. Tog­e­ther with the Nor­we­gi­an Polar Insti­tu­te, the Sys­sel­man­nen is now pre­pa­ring an attempt to seda­te the polar bear and then fly out out to a remo­te loca­ti­on in the Spits­ber­gen archi­pe­la­go.

The Sys­sel­man­nen asks ever­y­bo­dy to stay away from the­re area until this has been done.

The polar bear is appro­xi­mate­ly in the area mar­ked red near Lon­gye­ar­by­en. Image base: Goog­le Earth.

Polar bear near Longyearben

Source: Sys­sel­man­nen

Polar bear in Lon­gye­ar­by­en

Polar bears were seen in the vicini­ty of Lon­gye­ar­by­en several times during the last cou­p­le of weeks, for examp­le in Hior­th­hamn, on the north side of Advent­fjord about 3 km from town, in late August, and in near­by Advent­da­len.

Last sunday (12 Octo­ber) morning, a polar bear was seen just east of Isdam­men, the lake east of Lon­gye­ar­by­en, near the road. But the “high­light” was cer­tain­ly the bear that actual­ly ent­e­red the lower part of Lon­gye­ar­by­en, near Advent­da­len, today (Wed­nes­day, 15 Octo­ber) in the ear­ly morning. The polar bear came from Advent­fjord and wal­ked past Inge­niør Paul­sen (a shop) and to the row of resi­den­ti­al buil­dings east of Forsk­nings­par­ken (the UNIS/Svalhardmuseum buil­ding), wal­king direct­ly next to the houses in vei 238, part­ly bet­ween them. Then, it went back into Advent­da­len, whe­re it was found by the poli­ce near the first dogyard, only a few 100 metres from town. The Sys­sel­man­nen (poli­ce) sca­red the bear away and fol­lo­wed it for a while by heli­co­p­ter to make sure it would not return strai­gh­ta­way. It went into Mälarda­len, a val­ley on the oppo­si­te side of Advent­da­len.

It was an unplea­sant sur­pri­se for the inha­bi­tants of the houses in vei 238 to see the polar bear tracks whe­re some had been wal­king late­ly in the evening befo­re. The thought of sud­den­ly mee­ting a polar bear on the way home from school, work or the pub is qui­te unplea­sant. At least, most peop­le do not lock their doors, so in the worst case most houses offer shel­ter in case it is urgent­ly nee­ded.

The Sys­sel­man­nen asks ever­y­bo­dy to be care­ful, espe­cial­ly as the dark sea­son is now star­ting and a bear may be dif­fi­cult or impos­si­ble to see befo­re it is actual­ly clo­se.

This time, the polar bear was not only in Hior­th­hamn, as in this pho­to from late August, but actual­ly in Lon­gye­ar­by­en, clo­se to Advent­da­len. It may have been the same indi­vi­du­al.

Polar bear near Longyearben

Quel­le: Sys­sel­man­nen

The arc­tic sea­son 2014 in retro­spec­ti­ve: Bjørnøya, Jan May­en, Spits­ber­gen …

I can’t deny that the arc­tic sea­son 2014 is histo­ry now. The last ent­ry in my tra­vel blog is alrea­dy 3 weeks old (ages in times of social media), and in 2 weeks, the polar night will start to shed its darkness over our beloved Spits­ber­gen. Alrea­dy now, it is pret­ty uncom­for­ta­ble up the­re, out in the field; the tours in Sep­tem­ber were alrea­dy bles­sed with free­zing tem­pe­ra­tures and qui­te a lot of snow and wind. Well. The out­door sea­son is defi­ni­te­ly over north of the arc­tic cir­cle. Full stop.

So the arc­tic expe­ri­ence hap­pens, to a lar­ge degree, on the com­pu­ter screen at the time being. But that isn’t as bad as it may sound. Not only that it invol­ves a far smal­ler risk of frost­bi­te and exhaus­ti­on. But also, even in my 18th Spits­ber­gen sum­mer, all the­se impres­si­ons come down on me as a water­fall. Beau­ti­ful, migh­ty, but also a bit over­whel­ming, threa­tening to bury the indi­vi­du­al expe­ri­ence under a flood of impres­si­ons, sightin­gs, acti­vi­ties … I can cer­tain­ly recall last summer’s trips day by day, remem­ber pret­ty much all the hikes, lan­dings, sai­lings, wild­life sightin­gs, wea­ther etc., not to men­ti­on the expe­ri­ence of con­stant­ly sharing all this with groups, col­leagues, crew, friends (the­re isn’t necessa­ri­ly a strict dis­tinc­tion bet­ween some of the­se groups) without refer­ring to any dia­ry or other brain sup­port. But after all this exci­te­ment has been every day life for many mon­ths, it is a good thing to sit down for a while, have qui­te a few cups of tea and revi­ve the expe­ri­ence in my head.

This turns a neces­si­ty into an advan­ta­ge. It is a neces­si­ty to com­ple­te triplogs and sli­de­shows after the sea­son, the­re is sim­ply not enough time to do it all on the road, and I con­si­der it an important ser­vice to my guests. So it has to be done after the sea­son, to some degree. So now I have the plea­su­re to recall all tho­se trips again, go through count­less pho­tos, turn them into pho­to gal­le­ries and sli­de­shows, com­pi­le triplogs … unbe­liev­a­ble, the­se mon­ths! Hund­reds of kilo­me­tres of hiking over tun­dra and moun­tains, across snow and rocks, beaches and gla­ciers, mud­dy soli­fluc­tion soil and san­dy vol­ca­nic ashes, from Bear Island and Jan May­en to Sjuøya­ne, Spitsbergen’s fur­thest north, and a lot of what is in bet­ween.

Join me, if you want to, on the­se retro­spec­ti­ves. It does not take any effort bey­ond a mouse­click, it does not cost any­mo­re than a few minu­tes of time – a pre­cious resour­ce, I know, but I am sure, it will be worth it. So have a look at the pho­to gal­le­ries of the 2014 arc­tic sea­son. The­se pages are lar­ge­ly com­ple­te by know, only one or the other sli­de­show is still to fol­low, but it won’t take long. And my tip: the polar pan­ora­mas with 360 degree pan­or­amic images from all parts of the arc­tic (and Ant­arc­tic, for that sake) that I have tra­vel­led recent­ly. It is by far the lar­gest collec­tion of its kind, and it is gro­wing. It is almost like being the­re, as you rota­te a polar sce­ne­ry 360 degrees. Make a vir­tu­al trip to the arc­tic every day, explo­re a beau­ti­ful place you didn’t even know exis­ted, be in such a won­der­ful place, vir­tual­ly, for a moment. It will give you a moment of peace and beau­ty, almost as being the­re in rea­li­ty. Espe­cial­ly the pan­or­amic tours, which play almost like a litt­le film, illus­tra­ting a place and tel­ling some kind of sto­ry about it. For examp­le: the famous trap­per hut Fred­heim in Tem­pel­fjord, the remo­te, small islands of Ryke Yse­øya­ne or, of cour­se, Jan May­en.

The­re won’t be any new tra­vel blogs here for a while. May­be I will have one or the other blog here, but no reports from “out the­re” in the new future. But I will feed the Spits­ber­gen news a bit more fre­quent­ly, so mean­while, check them.

View over Lil­lie­höök­breen in August. One of many pri­celess moments of the last sum­mer.

Lilliehöökbreen

Polar bear in hotel bar in Pyra­mi­den

Several polar bears have been han­ging out in the Bill­efjord area, north of Lon­gye­ar­by­en, for qui­te a while alrea­dy. The­se have ben seen many times by tou­rists and the 14 per­sons who are working and living in the lar­ge­ly aban­do­ned Rus­si­an sett­le­ment Pyra­mi­den. Several times during the sum­mer, a bear has been seen insi­de Pyra­mi­den, also direct­ly next to hotel Tuli­pan, whe­re several peop­le live and whe­re guests are lod­ged.

Now, the polar bear has liter­al­ly gone a step too far: during the night to Mon­day, it went through a win­dow into the bar to have a look around. The human inha­bi­tants of the hotel were woken up by the noi­se, but pre­fer­red to lea­ve the polar bear alo­ne to its busi­ness. No infor­ma­ti­on has been publis­hed about dama­ged that is likely to have hap­pen­ed, other than that the living bear was not inte­res­ted in his pad­ded con­spe­ci­fic fel­low. It is not known if the polar bear show­ed any inte­res­ted in the strong drinks that are stored in the bar.

In any case, it had alrea­dy left when the Sys­sel­man­nen arri­ved on the sce­ne. Des­pi­te a 1.5 hour heli­co­p­ter search, the bar bear could not be found.

As repeated attempts to sca­re the polar bear away from Pyra­mi­den have not yiel­ded anything bey­ond short-term suc­cess, the Sys­sel­man­nen has now deci­ded to tran­qui­li­ze the bear and move him to a remo­te desti­na­ti­on when he comes back.

It is likely the same polar bear that bothe­red a stu­dent camp near Nor­dens­kiöld­breen oppo­si­te Pyra­mi­den a few weeks ago (when the gre­at pho­to with the bear and the Sval­bard­bu­tik­ken plastic bag was taken).

Polar bear in the bar of Hotel Tuli­pan in Pyra­mi­den (and yes, this pho­to is a pho­to­shop affair, obvious­ly).

Polar bear in Pyramiden

Source: Sys­sel­man­nen, Sval­bard­pos­ten

“Wild­life spe­cia­lists” bar­ked at wal­rus­ses

Pro­bab­ly, you have to read the head­line twice to belie­ve it: yes, peop­le were grun­ting at wal­rus­ses, not the other way around. This remar­kab­le event is said to have hap­pen­ed on July 16 at Torell­ne­set in Hin­lo­pen Strait during a pas­sen­ger lan­ding from MS Expe­di­ti­on.

A guest wro­te a let­ter later to Sys­sel­man­nen and Sval­bard­pos­ten, becau­se 2 “wild­life spe­cia­lists” from the ship dis­tur­bed wal­rus­ses to achie­ve “good” pho­to­graphs. The 2 “spe­cia­lists” are said to have approa­ched wal­rus­ses in shal­low water to distan­ces of about 2 metres and then to have “bar­ked” and “grun­ted”, assum­a­b­ly to make the wal­rus­ses move for “bet­ter” pho­to­graphs. Later, other staff jus­ti­fied this beha­vious by say­ing the “spe­cia­lists” knew what they were doing.

Accord­ing to the Sval­bard envi­ron­men­tal act, it is for­bid­den to “hunt, catch, harm or kill” ani­mals. The Sys­sel­man­nen will inves­ti­ga­te if the inci­dent is a bre­ach of legal regu­la­ti­ons. In any case, an acti­ve approach of less than 30 metres distance is not allo­wed accord­ing to AECO-regu­la­ti­ons. AECO is an orga­ni­sa­ti­on of ship-based arc­tic tour ope­ra­tors with, amongst others, the pur­po­se of self-regu­la­ti­on. To achie­ve this, AECO has crea­ted gui­de­li­nes which are often stric­ter than legal requi­re­ments. The­se gui­de­li­nes are bin­ding for mem­bers such as the ope­ra­tor of the MS Expe­di­ti­on, who has announ­ced inter­nal inves­ti­ga­ti­ons and con­fir­med a gene­ral dedi­ca­ti­on to high envi­ron­men­tal stan­dards. AECO is now con­si­de­ring to dis­cuss the inci­dent on their annu­al mem­ber mee­ting.

In any case, an approach to about 2 metres distance to wal­rus­ses for tou­ris­tic pur­po­ses is defi­ni­te­ly not accep­ta­ble. It is also com­ple­te­ly unne­cessa­ry: wal­rus­ses, usual­ly rather lazy and inac­ti­ve on shore, are often lively and curious in the water. It is not too unusu­al that curious wal­rus­ses them­sel­ves approach peop­le who are stan­ding on land near the water­line to clo­se distan­ces – without any dis­tur­ban­ce of wild­life by bar­king or grun­ting or wha­te­ver.

It is usual­ly easy to see on pho­to­graphs if ani­mals have been dis­tur­bed. Such pho­tos are today hard­ly accep­ted any­mo­re by pro­fes­sio­nal publis­hers.

Wal­rus­ses can be very curious when swim­ming: the­se ani­mals deci­ded free­ly to approach a group of tou­rists, who were not moving, without any dis­tur­ban­ce of anyo­ne or anything. An acti­ve approach of tou­rists to such clo­se distance is neit­her allo­wed nor accep­ta­ble.

Walrusses and people

Source: Sval­bard­pos­ten

„Polar­sys­sel“: A new ship for the Sys­sel­man­nen

After a delay of near­ly four mon­ths, the Sysselmannen´s new ship Polar­sys­sel could be named and offi­cial­ly taken into ser­vice on Satur­day, Sep­tem­ber 20th. The cere­mo­ny was held at the ‘Gam­mel­ka­ia’ in Lon­gye­ar­by­en in the pre­sence of the Nor­we­gi­an Minis­ter of Jus­ti­ce Anders Amund­sen.

The Polar­sys­sel repla­ces the Nord­sys­sel which in Sep­tem­ber last year, after it´s ele­venth sea­son in ser­vice for the Sys­sel­man­nen, left Spits­ber­gen for the last time. To com­pen­sa­te the new ship´s delay the begin­ning of this year´s sea­son, star­ting in May, was run by a ship of the Ice­lan­dic coast­guard cal­led Tyr.

Unli­ke for­mer ships of the Sys­sel­man­nen, the new Polar­sys­sel was cus­tom-built for ser­vice in Spits­ber­gen and is equip­ped for the spe­cial requi­re­ments of the Sys­sel­man­nen. The vessel´s main tasks will be in the fiel­ds of res­cue ope­ra­ti­ons, envi­ron­men­tal moni­to­ring and the pre­ven­ti­on of oil pol­lu­ti­on.

The Polar­sys­sel is equip­ped with a heli­co­p­ter deck, a winch to tow other ves­sels, infra­red and optic came­ras to find per­sons or lea­king oil, water can­nons to fight fire, a medi­cal room, two work-boats which can be laun­ched quick­ly and the faci­li­ties for an exter­nal power sup­ply to save fuel when the ship lies at the pier in Lon­gye­ar­by­en. With the Polar­sys­sel a ship with the ice class 1B was cho­sen, dif­fe­ring from its ante­ces­sor ‘Nord­sys­sel’ which had the hig­hest ice class 1A Super. The Polar­sys­sel has a crew of 9 per­sons, cabin space for 21 pas­sen­gers and a capa­ci­ty for 35 day-pas­sen­gers.

The hull was built in Tur­key and the ship was then moun­ted and equip­ped in the Havy­ard ship­y­ard in the Nor­we­gi­an town Leir­vik. She is lea­sed out to the Sys­sel­man­nen by the ship­ping com­pa­ny Remøy Manage­ment. Owner of the ves­sel is the Ice­lan­dic com­pa­ny Faf­nir Off­shore. The con­tract for using the Polar­sys­sel ends in 2020 for the time being. After this, the Sys­sel­man­nen has the opti­on to renew it until 2024. The cos­ts for using the ship will be 329 mil­li­on Nor­we­gi­an Kro­ner in the first ten years. Though, each sea­son the Polar­sys­sel will only stay in Spits­ber­gen for six mon­ths, from May to Novem­ber. During win­ter time it will ser­ve on other occa­si­ons for examp­le as a sup­ply ves­sel for the off­shore oil indus­try.

The new Polar­sys­sel will pro­bab­ly not win beau­ty con­tests, but she is an extre­me­ly func­tio­n­al ship (Foto: Cemreshipyard.com).

Polarsyssel

Source: Sval­bard­pos­ten, Sys­sel­man­nen

Okto­ber­fest in Lon­gye­ar­by­en

The famous Okto­ber­fest in Munich, said to be the world’s lar­gest folk fes­ti­val, has its litt­le bro­ther in Spits­ber­gen: On Thurs­day (25th Sep­tem­ber), the local Okto­ber­fest in Lon­gye­ar­by­en was ope­ned with a litt­le pro­ces­si­on. The hard nights of drin­king over­pri­ced beer (but more than 120 kinds of it!) in an over­crow­ded tent, live music and pre­sen­ta­ti­ons about beer were to fol­low until Satur­day, inlcu­ding the choir of the Nor­we­gi­an mining com­pa­ny Store Nor­ske and the “Schnaps­ka­pel­le”, a gathe­ring of local musi­cal talents exclu­si­ve­ly brought tog­e­ther for the occa­si­on.

The pre­sent aut­hor does not know any more about it, as he pre­fer­red the view over some silent val­leys in gor­ge­ous late Sep­tem­ber light at the time in ques­ti­ons.

The Lon­gye­ar­by­en Okto­ber­fest has been a regu­lar event now for several years and it is safe to assu­me that you can join next year if you want to.

The pro­ces­si­on to open the Okto­ber­fest in Lon­gye­ar­by­en.

Oktoberfest Longyearbyen

Bill­efjord

We ent­e­red Isfjord just in time. Not much later, others were fee­ding the fishes on the same rou­te.

Some suc­cess on the quest for pho­to­gra­phing old stuff at well-known pla­ces in new per­spec­ti­ves. A ship on land, a rail­way track going nowhe­re. Silent sym­bols for the fruit­less efforts of man to ste­al nature’s tre­a­su­res in the arc­tic. Why not just lea­ve it?

Click on thumb­nail to open an enlar­ged ver­si­on of the spe­ci­fic pho­to.

Admit­ted­ly, we still wan­ted to, well, not to ste­al a tre­a­su­re, but to take some lon­ged-after memo­ries home with us. Today’s peace­ful way to make use of arc­tic natu­re tre­a­su­res. We were lucky, and it worked. A final high­light of a trip that was qui­te dif­fe­rent from what I had in my head befo­re we set off. The wea­ther ruled severely for qui­te some time. But loo­king back, in the sun­ny light of the days that were to fol­low, it all came tog­e­ther to shape a com­ple­te impres­si­on of the late sum­mer arc­tic. A hap­py Anti­gua ent­e­red Advent­fjor­den in the evening.

Van Mijen­fjord

Some­ti­mes, the back of a goo­se is enough for hig­hest arc­tic plea­su­res. Cer­tain­ly if this goo­se back is Gåski­len, the wes­tern out­lier of Mid­ter­hu­ken, this won­der­ful moun­tain bet­ween Van Mijen­fjord and Van Keu­len­fjord, 300 metres high, with ama­zing views over Bellsund.

A gla­cier in the sun for desert, and then ano­t­her back, may­be of a dino­saur, it is big, any­way. Eight kilo­me­tres of hard lime­stone, a few hund­red metres wide only, with frut­ti di mare as old as the hills. Some­ti­mes, even 50 metres are enough for gre­at views.

Click on thumb­nail to open an enlar­ged ver­si­on of the spe­ci­fic pho­to.

Then it was alrea­dy time to cele­bra­te a trip that tur­ned out to be a gre­at one, des­pi­te a tough start, wea­ther-wise. Incredi­ble how time is fly­ing. But the­re is still a day to come.

Van Keu­len­fjord, Recher­chefjord

Did it ever snow during this trip? You have to think hard to remem­ber how poor the wea­ther had been just days ago. It is so beau­ti­fu­ly without even the tiniest fault that it is hard to ima­gi­ne wind and snow.

Lan­dings without dif­fi­cul­ties or sur­pri­ses make life easy. Fos­sils from old chap­ters of Earth histo­ry, seri­es of uplifted beaches from geo­lo­gi­cal­ly recent times, in com­pa­ri­son, high­ligh­ted by fresh snow. Meltwa­ter streams from holo­ce­ne gla­ciers fal­ling down palaeo­zoic lime­stone lay­ers, free­zing to form ice colum­ns. Rivers get­ting into win­ter mood.

A litt­le fjord crui­se in Van Keu­len­fjord gives us sce­nic beau­ty, but not the wild­life sightin­gs we had secret­ly been hoping for. We get one of the­se during a short walk to a gla­cier lagoon later, making this walk even shor­ter, while ano­t­her group is working its way up steep, snow cove­r­ed slo­pes. Pan­ora­ma view over fjords, val­leys and gla­ciers. The hike against the gra­di­ent, snow and time was worth every calo­ry burnt: the sun is just a few degrees abo­ve the hori­zon, still cas­ting some pink light over the arc­tic land. The days of the mid­ni­ght sun are defi­ni­te­ly over. Now you have to keep an eye on the wrist watch and keep things in good nor­mal sche­du­les.

Click on thumb­nail to open an enlar­ged ver­si­on of the spe­ci­fic pho­to.

When the mid­ni­ght sun turns into darkness, the nort­hern lights start to paint their mys­te­rious colours into the dark night sky. It was defi­ni­te­ly worth stay­ing at anchor during this clear night. Arc­tic light magic abo­ve the sou­thern hori­zon.

For­landsund

As soon as someo­ne pres­ses the fair­wea­ther but­ton, the world beco­mes a dif­fe­rent one. Blue sky and sun. The low sep­tem­ber sun that we had been lon­ging for, now it is sud­den­ly here and cas­ts an ama­zing light over the who­le sce­ne­ry, the who­le day long, not just for a few minu­tes befo­re sun­set as else­whe­re. Moun­tains, gla­ciers, ice­bergs, ever­ything is sud­den­ly shi­ning, an almost other­world­ly beau­ty.

Click on thumb­nail to open an enlar­ged ver­si­on of the spe­ci­fic pho­to.

Kongsfjord

The arc­tic isn’t a the­me park, it is still wild, rough, the real thing. Anyo­ne who didn’t belie­ve it was con­vin­ced today. See­min­gly end­less strong winds and snow sho­wers, taking all the views, tur­ning any walk out on the icy deck into a litt­le expe­di­ti­on. Even Krossfjord, rea­son­ab­ly well shel­te­red against wes­ter­ly winds, did not tole­ra­te a lan­ding any­mo­re today. An after­noon at anchor, well shel­te­red from the hea­vy wes­ter­ly seas, the winds how­ling through the rig­ging, it feels almost like a win­te­ring. Now, if the storm never cea­ses…?

But it did. This Octo­ber wea­ther came 4 weeks too ear­ly, but it did not last fore­ver. Blom­strand­hal­vøya pro­vi­ded us with cold feed, a fro­zen water­fall, wind and snow, some lonely rein­de­er, and of cour­se famous Ny Lon­don in drif­ting snow, the old houses cove­r­ed with crusts of ice and snow, a uni­que view!

Kong­s­breen is pro­du­cing Spitsbergen’s bluest ice­bergs, at least today. Do you know this famous pho­to of a very blue, very wea­the­red ice­berg in Ant­arc­ti­ca, with pen­gu­ins? Same colour, just without pen­gu­ins.

Click on thumb­nail to open an enlar­ged ver­si­on of the spe­ci­fic pho­to.

In the late after­noon, the hea­vy seas at the pier of Ny Åle­sund had cal­med down enough to let us go along­side the­re. So we could help the Kongsfjor­dbu­tik­ken to a late sea­son tur­no­ver peak and then walk in Amundsen’s foots­teps. Ny Åle­sund in win­ter mood.

Krossfjord

(Tues­day-Thurs­day, 16th-18th Sep­tem­ber, 2014) – Once we had final­ly left Advent­fjord on Tues­day, the sun bro­ke through the clouds – one of the­se ama­zing Sep­tem­ber-moments. How many times did we sail past Fugef­jel­let, and every time it is a view not to be mis­sed, but this time it was some­thing spe­cial, inde­ed.

Click on thumb­nail to open an enlar­ged ver­si­on of the spe­ci­fic pho­to.

Sin­ce then, the wea­ther has also been some­thing spe­cial. It has been espe­cial­ly shit­ty. Two lows pas­sing one after ano­t­her, less than a day bet­ween them (on Mon­day), well, this is not exact­ly what we had been hoping for. But we have mana­ged several lan­dings up north in Krossfjord, and now we are hiding in Kongsfjord, wai­t­ing for bet­ter times. And they will come, that’s for sure.

Pyra­mi­den

A visit to Pyra­mi­den, the old Rus­si­an mining sett­le­ment, is always some­thing spe­cial. Aban­do­ned in 1998, but the pia­no is still ok to play. Well, kind of… the ball is still in the field, wai­t­ing to be kicked. The old houses are the best thing to do at the time being, bet­ter to be insi­de than out­side in this kind of wea­ther.

Click on thumb­nail to open an enlar­ged ver­si­on of the spe­ci­fic pho­to.

Let’s go north. We expect qui­te a bit of wind the days to come. So we hope we can reach Kongsfjord or Krossfjord befo­re it is get­ting real­ly win­dy. The autumn does not show its­elf from its real­ly gol­den side the­se days. Fin­gers cros­sed for gre­at sun­sets and nort­hern lights in some days!

Polar bear with Sval­bard­bu­tik­ken plastic bag

This snapshot is defi­ni­te­ly amongst this summer’s bet­ter ones: A polar bear was stal­king a camp of stu­dents in Bill­efjord for a while last week, until it was deci­ded to evacua­te the camp and let the bear do wha­te­ver it wan­ted to. On that occa­si­on, Eli­da Lang­stein mana­ged to get this pho­to of the polar bear lea­ving a tent with a Sval­bard­bu­tik­ken plastic bag in his mouth.

It is not known what exact­ly was insi­de the bag.

Polar bear with Sval­bard­bu­tik­ken plastic bag in a camp in Bill­efjord. Pho­to: Eli­da Lang­stein.

Polar bear with Svalbardbutikken bag, Billefjord

Source: Sval­bard­pos­ten

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