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Black Febru­a­ry

Of cour­se it had been my inten­ti­on for a while alrea­dy to wri­te again here. But life in Farm­ham­na is main­ly hap­pe­ning off­line, and that is good.

And now the world isn’t any­mo­re what it used to be. The who­le popu­la­ti­on of Farm­ham­na (cur­r­ent­ly two peop­le) is deeply sho­cked about the news that reach us here. It would just feel com­ple­te­ly out of place to wri­te about the beau­ty of the natu­re here in the far north and about the simp­le, but good life in a remo­te trap­per sta­ti­on while the world is on fire.

It is about 40 kilo­me­tres from Farm­ham­na to Bar­ents­burg as the ful­mar flies. We can see the light of Bar­ents­burg reflec­ted by low clouds in cer­tain wea­ther con­di­ti­ons. It is not far at all. Bar­ents­burg is a Rus­si­an sett­le­ment, but with many Ukrai­ni­ans amongst its 300-400 inha­bi­tants. So far, Rus­si­ans and Ukrai­ni­ans were living the­re tog­e­ther peace­ful­ly, also after the Rus­si­an occup­a­ti­on of the Krim pen­in­su­la and the con­flict in the eas­tern Ukrai­ne sin­ce then. How do peop­le feel the­re now? How are they, with the know­ledge about the situa­ti­on in their respec­ti­ve home coun­tries? Impos­si­ble to ima­gi­ne for me. Sys­sel­mes­ter Lars Fau­se is in regu­lar con­ta­ct with Bar­ents­burg, fol­lowing nor­mal rou­ti­nes, and says that it is a “good and nor­mal dia­lo­gue”, without going into fur­ther detail.

So I finish my con­tri­bu­ti­ons here for Febru­a­ry with the fol­lowing pic­tu­re, which is cur­r­ent­ly often shared in social media to express the hor­ror about the situa­ti­on, pro­test against the Rus­si­an inva­si­on and war in the Ukrai­ne and com­ple­te digust for tho­se who are respon­si­ble for it.

Ukraine

The Ukrai­ne

Data cable bet­ween Spits­ber­gen and main­land Nor­way dama­ged by human action

The dama­ge that occur­red to one of the two com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on cables that con­nect Spits­ber­gen to north Nor­way a few weeks ago attrac­ted a lot of public atten­ti­on (click here for more infor­ma­ti­on). The case is by no means sett­led, but the owner of the cable, Space Nor­way, and the respon­si­ble poli­ce agen­cy of Troms in north Nor­way have been in the area and were able to gather first data with an under­wa­ter robot.

Accord­ing to NRK, the poli­ce told Nor­we­gi­an media that human action appears to be likely as the cau­se for the dama­ge. Natu­ral influ­en­ces seem less likely now.

Telekommunikation Spitzbergen

Making a pho­ne call in the sett­le­ments of Spits­ber­gen is done in a more modern fashion than pic­tu­red here. And it’s not just about pho­ne calls.
But almost ever­ything depends on the deep sea data cables to the main­land.

Not­hing was reve­a­led about the natu­re of the dama­ge or even pos­si­ble respon­si­ble peop­le or groups; it was only said that the­re are so far no suspects. It is also not yet publi­cal­ly know in which depth the dama­ge occur­red. The cable sec­tion in ques­ti­on is about 100 km long and leads from the rela­tively shal­low shelf on the west coast of Spits­ber­gen to deep sea are­as.

It is actual­ly not the 2 cm strong cable its­elf that is dama­ged but its power sup­ply.

Repair works are sche­du­led later this year, in spring and/or sum­mer.

Nor­way opens up

Nor­way dis­con­ti­nues most coro­na restric­tions as of today (1st of Febru­a­ry) 2300 hrs local time, accord­ing to a govern­men­tal press release.

This inclu­des signi­fi­cant ease­ments wit­hin edu­ca­ti­on, cul­tu­re and gas­tro­no­my, but also for tra­vel­lers: inter­na­tio­nal tra­vel­lers do not need to get tes­ted at the bor­der direct­ly after arri­val any­mo­re. Ful­ly vac­ci­na­ted tra­vel­lers with an accep­ted vac­ci­na­ti­on cer­ti­fi­ca­te and reco­ve­r­ed peop­le with appro­pria­te docu­men­ta­ti­on may enter without test; tho­se who do not have this sta­tus need a test taken befo­re depar­tu­re. Ever­y­bo­dy inclu­ding Nor­we­gi­an citi­zens still need to regis­ter online befo­re arri­val.

corona testing station Oslo Gardermoen

coro­na tes­ting sta­ti­on at Oslo air­port Gar­der­mo­en: here seen calm, but often very busy.
Soon it will most­ly be reli­ab­ly calm here.
(addi­tio­nal deco­ra­ti­on digi­tal­ly added by the aut­hor).

For peop­le tra­vel­ling to Sval­bard, the requi­re­ment to get tes­ted in Nor­way wit­hin 24 hours befo­re depar­tu­re is dis­con­ti­nued for regis­tered lco­al inha­bi­tants as well as ful­ly vac­ci­na­ted tra­vel­lers and tho­se who have reco­ve­r­ed from a recent Covid-19 infec­tion (accep­ted docu­men­ta­ti­on nee­ded in any case). The requi­re­ment to car­ry out a self test wit­hin 24 hours after arri­val is still in for­ce.

Ever­y­bo­dy is still asked to keep a distance of one meter or to wear a mask whe­re­ver it is not pos­si­ble to keep this distance.

The Nor­we­gi­an government plans to dis­con­ti­nue all coro­na restric­tions until 17 Febru­a­ry unless new and cur­r­ent­ly unfo­re­se­en deve­lo­p­ments requi­re a new chan­ge of plans.

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