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Polar bears in Hiorthhamn near Longyearbyen

After the remarkable series of polar bear visits to Longyearbyen in December and January, it had been relatively calm for a while. But yesterday (Saturday) afternoon, two polar bears were seen in Hiorthhamn, opposite Longyearbyen, just 3.5 kilometres across Adventfjord. A mother and a first-year cub were walking across the tundra towards Adventdalen.

Polar bears near Longyearbyen

Polar bears in Hiorthhamn near Longyearbyen
(photo taken from a distance of 3.5 kilometres).

The Sysselmannen was soon on scene with a helicopter to make sure the bears would not come too close to Longyearbyen.

Polar bears near Longyearbyen: helicopter

The polar bears in Hiorthhamn were soon accompanied by the Sysselmannen’s helicopter.

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