Svalbard tackles ‘housing crisis’
Bulldozers rumbled onto the sites of abandoned housing in Norway’s Arctic city of Longyearbyen on Svalbard over the weekend. The homes were badly damaged in the latest avalanches to hit Longyearbyen last winter, adding to a housing shortage that some ...
19-06-2017
Light earthquake: M4.5 quake has struck near Longyearbyen in Svalbard and Jan Mayen
A light earthquake magnitude 4.5 (ml/mb) strikes 289 km NW of Longyearbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen (180 miles) on Monday. All ids that are associated to the event: us20009nib. Unique identifier: us20009nib. Exact location of earthquake, 3.91° East, 79 ...
18-06-2017
From heatwaves to hurricanes, floods to famine: seven climate change hotspots
The temperature in Longyearbyen on the Svalbard archipelago about 650 miles from the North Pole, averaged about –4C in April. If that sounds cold, consider that it was nearly 8C warmer than the 30-year average for the time of year, and that April was no ...
24-06-2017
It's been half a century since the first hole in the wall: 50 facts you never knew about cash machines
They dispense U.S. dollars only. 21. The world's most northern ATM is in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, an island half-way between Norway and the North Pole that is known for its views of the Northern Lights. 22. ATMs in the Vatican City can give you instructions ...
20-06-2017
Fuel of the future
"In Svalbard the impact of climate change is much more severe ... Moreover, power and heat to Longyearbyen is supplied by Norway's only coal-fired power station. So what would be more natural than to transform Longyearbyen into the world's first emission ...
21-06-2017
Svalbard: the sound of silence
Wild Svalbard reindeer peer inquisitively at us as we approach, then bolt at the last minute, their antlers etching the skyline. The lights of Longyearbyen blink in the distance, marking our return to civilisation. We’ve been away for just a few days ...
14-06-2017
Longyearbyen, Svalbard Travel Guide
The islands of the Svalbard archipelago, the largest of which is Spitsbergen, have officially been part of Norway since 1920. This wild, fragile area lies halfway between the North Pole and the mainland. Icelandic texts from 1194 contain the first known ...
21-06-2017
Adventfjord-Longyearbyen
General: Most densely populated part of Svalbard. Longyearbyen is residence of the Norwegian administration (Sysselmannen = Gouvernour), services and infrastructure (airport, port, hospital, shops, hotels etc), science (Polar institute, university ...
27-10-2014
Arctic education: The world's northernmost university is booming
UNIS is based in Longyearbyen, a Norwegian community of 2,000 residents in the de-militarized Svalbard archipelago. Russia is the only other country to have a permanent settlement in the region. World's northernmost settlement Getting here involves a ...
29-09-2015
Best spots to catch some rays in the midnight sun
Norway, and more specifically Svalbard, an archipelago off the northern coast of ... However, Basecamp Hotel in the town of Longyearbyen, offers a touch of luxury. Basecamp Hotel is a traditional trapper's lodge-style property, with rooms individually ...
23-06-2017