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The new Spits­ber­gen calen­dar 2018 is avail­ab­le!

The new Spits­ber­gen calen­dar 2018 is here, fresh from the prin­ter, and rea­dy for orde­ring and ship­ping! Sin­ce 2012, the Spits­ber­gen calen­dar has almost beco­me a litt­le, annu­al tra­di­ti­on: 12 beau­ti­ful pho­tos take you through the arc­tic sea­sons. We will enjoy polar land­s­capes and light, wild­life and ice. From the polar night with the stun­ning auro­ra, the nort­hern lights, to the bright mid­ni­ght sun, from a fro­zen water fall in the cold win­ter to the flowers that bring lovely colours to the tun­dra in the arc­tic sum­mer. And of cour­se we meet some of the big ani­mals, as we obser­ve a curious polar fox having a look at a bunch of lazy wal­rus­ses and we encoun­ter two very young twin polar bears some­whe­re on a fro­zen fjord.

The new Spits­ber­gen-calen­dar 2018 is avail­ab­le now.

Spitsbergen-calendar 2018

Click here for fur­ther infor­ma­ti­on about the new Spits­ber­gen calen­dar 2018, inclu­ding pre­views of all pages and the opti­on to order. As always, the calen­dar is avail­ab­le in two sizes, A3 and A5, to suit your wis­hes and needs. And you can save money by orde­ring more than one – Christ­mas will come soon enough! 🙂

Over­view of all pages of the new Spits­ber­gen-calen­dar 2018. Click here for more infor­ma­ti­on, inclu­ding lar­ger views.

Spitzbergen-Kalender 2018

Sys­sel­man­nen takes action against drugs in Lon­gye­ar­by­en

Lon­gye­ar­by­en is not ent­i­re­ly free of drugs, as most pla­ces whe­re humans live. Apart from the Scan­di­na­vi­an style of alco­hol con­sump­ti­on, which may be note­wor­thy as seen from a cen­tral-Euro­pean per­spec­ti­ve, the­re are also har­der drugs. It is not a secret in Lon­gye­ar­by­en that the­re is more or less regu­lar con­sump­ti­on of hemp in cer­tain cir­cles.

Every cou­p­le of years, whenever it is con­si­de­red necessa­ry, the Sys­sel­man­nen takes action against drugs, amongst others with sear­ching and detenti­on of tho­se found respon­si­ble for kee­ping the sce­ne ali­ve. In the past, this has even led to the expul­si­on of peop­le from Sval­bard, with an ent­ry ban for a cer­tain peri­od such as two years. In modern times, banish­ment is cer­tain­ly rather unusu­al in juris­dic­tion in wes­tern coun­tries, but this instru­ment is kept avail­ab­le in Sval­bard to pro­tect the small and geo­gra­phi­cal­ly iso­la­ted com­mu­ni­ty. The aut­ho­ri­ties are awa­re of the dan­ger of drugs for bored youngs­ters in the long polar win­ter in a small place like Lon­gye­ar­by­en.

The sub­ject is cur­r­ent­ly com­ing up again. Last wee­kend, the Sys­sel­man­nen has sear­ched pla­ces and peop­le with help from poli­ce for­ces from main­land Nor­way, inclu­ding a trai­ned poli­ce dog from Oslo. Three per­sons were taken in cus­to­dy. The inves­ti­ga­ti­on will be con­ti­nued.

Typi­cal envi­ron­ments whe­re hemp has been found in Lon­gye­ar­by­en in the past are youngs­ters and stu­dents. This time, peop­le who are in the focus of poli­ce atten­ti­on belong to the tou­rism indus­try. The­re is men­ti­on of drugs har­der than hemp, but no fur­ther infor­ma­ti­on has been released so far.

Drugs in the Arc­tic? As if natu­re its­elf was not exci­ting enough!

Drugs in the Arctic

Source: Sval­bard­pos­ten

Sai­ling boat almost sunk in Spits­ber­gen

On Sunday (August 6) morning, a pri­va­te yacht got into a dra­ma­tic situa­ti­on at sea in Sval­bard. It took water and was not far from sin­king. Three per­sons were on board, all of them Ger­man. They are all well now. The inci­dent took case near Dun­der­buk­ta, at the west coast of Spits­ber­gen south of Bellsund.

Shal­lows and expo­sed shore­li­nes: the west coast of Spits­ber­gen can by very inhos­pi­ta­ble.

Spitsbergen west coast

The crew cal­led for help via Ger­man res­cue ser­vices, who alar­med the Nor­we­gi­an aut­ho­ri­ties. The three, who were alrea­dy on board their life raft at that time, were then taken on board the Nor­we­gi­an car­go ship Norb­jørn. Norb­jørn also star­ted to tow the sai­ling boat. The three res­cued per­sons remai­ned on Norb­jørn for the pas­sa­ge to Lon­gye­ar­by­en, which they pre­fer­red rather than a flight on the heli­co­p­ter which was soon on the sce­ne. Their sai­ling boat was towed to Lon­gye­ar­by­en by the pilot boat from the port of Lon­gye­ar­by­en.

It tur­ned out that a hose that con­nec­ted a sep­tic tank to the hull had got loo­se, enab­ling water to rush into the boat.

Accord­ing to the Sys­sel­man­nen, the case will be han­ded over to the insuran­ces without fur­ther poli­ce invol­ve­ment.

Source: Sval­bard­pos­ten

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