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Author Archives: Rolf Stange

Der Seitenbetreiber, Autor, Verlagschef und Polar-Guide Rolf Stange schreibt über spannende Themen rund um Spitzbergen und die Arktis.

Polar bear back in Longyearbyen

The polar bear that had been in Longyearbyen on Thursday morning was back back early Saturday. On Thursday, it was pushed out of the settlement by the Sysselmannen with the helicopter to the south and towards Fardalen and Colesdalen. Also … Continue reading

Polar bear in Longyearbyen

Spitsbergen is polar bear country, even more so in recent years as the species has seen a remarkable recovery since full protection in 1973 after years of intense hunting. In recent years, it has become pretty normal again to see … Continue reading

Dark season in Longyearbyen: culture, polar bears, storm and icy adventures

The dark season (polar night) began in Spitsbergen more than a months ago. Last sunday, the Advent season was opened following good tradition: the children went to the postbox under mine 3 (near Nybyen, the “father Christmas mine”) and left … Continue reading

Kabelvåg, Svolvær & Laukvik

We spend the morning in Kabelvåg, the former “capital” of Lofoten, a powerful place for centuries until it lost its importance in recent history. But it is still a lovely place with an interesting saltwater aquarium and an equally interesting … Continue reading

Trollfjord – Skrova

Trollfjord is one of the most famous places in Lofoten. It is so easily acceessible by ship and the landscape is stunning. And it still is even if you don’t see all of it. The mountain peaks were hidden in … Continue reading

Skarberget & Tranøy

We are a good bit further south and now we are in the Lofoten area. Not yet Lofoten proper, but we could see them from here if it was clear. “Here” is Tysfjord, a large, beautiful fjord that is cutting … Continue reading

Skrolsvik & Harstad

We arrive at Skrolsvik on the southwestern point of Senja at breakfast time. Sun and snow are bathing the landscape in ever-changing winter light. You can do everything from short walks to mountain climbing here. We are happy with a … Continue reading

Skjervøy, Nord-Lenangen

We departed late night from Finnkroken and set course to the northeast, to Skjervøy, with high hopes to find orca that had been seen there recently. But the weather had different ideas. It did not make much sense to try … Continue reading

Tromsø-Finnkroken

A lovely early winter day in Tromsø, on 70 degrees north – cold and clear, calm and sunny. Everybody is coming on board SV Antigua in the late afternoon. It feels like late evening, but it is really just the … Continue reading

Tromsø – 26th October, 2019

The polar night is about to start – the last sunset and sunrise in Longyearbyen are today. In Tromsø, we are about to start again, exploring the north under sail with SV Antigua. The light of the north, northern lights, … Continue reading

Spitsbergen-reindeer: new and complete population count

The Spitsbergen-reindeer, also known as Svalbard-reindeer, has seen a lot of ups and downs since it came to Spitsbergen from the Russian Arctic thousands of years ago. It became a sub-species on its own which is not found anywhere outside … Continue reading

Fine for disturbance of polar bears in Tempelfjord

A man from Longyearbyen got a fine of 15,000.00 kroner (ca. 1500 Euro) because he disturbed polar bears during a private snow mobile tour in Tempelfjord in 10 March, 2018. He is said to have approached the bear with the … Continue reading

Northguider: salvaging operation postponed until 2020

The salvaging operation of the shrimp trawler Northguider, that ran aground at Sparreneset in Hinlopenstretet in Svalbard in the end of December 2019, turned out to be more difficult than expected, as reported recently. Now it has been decided that … Continue reading

Salvaging Northguider proves more difficult

Salvaging the shrimp trawler Northguider, which ran aground in Hinlopenstretet in December last year, has turned out to be more difficult than thought before, as the Norwegian coastal adminstration authority Kystverket reports in a press release. The hull is more … Continue reading

Local government elections in Longyearbyen

A new local government (“Lokalstyre”) was elected in Longyearbyen yesterday (Monday, October 07). The municipal council has 15 members and elects the Lokalstyreleder (“mayor”) from these members. Lokalstyre administrates the area of the community of Longyearbyen, but does not decide … Continue reading

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