An ‘expedition micro cruise’ to Svalbard’s wild northern reaches
A new operator offers ‘expedition micro cruises’ — exploring the archipelago’s wild northern reaches in the company of just a dozen others ...
23-06-2022
The abandoned Soviet mining town in Norway's Arctic
With Stalinist architecture, a prominent bust of Lenin and posters extolling the motherland, the desolate mining town of Pyramiden is one of the last Soviet outposts in the Arctic.
20-06-2022
Warming Climate Upends Arctic Mining Town
Tor Selnes owes his life to a lamp. He miraculously survived a fatal avalanche that shed light on the vulnerability of Svalbard, a region warming faster than anywhere else, to human-caused climate ...
21-06-2022
Svalbard’s foreign residents lose their voting rights
Foreign citizens living and working in Svalbard who have no legal residence permission in mainland Norway have suddenly lost their rights to vote in local elections and be elected to the local ...
20-06-2022
Russia and China eye NATO's 'Arctic Achilles heel'
Russian flags flap in the stiff polar breeze, a bust of Lenin looms out of the snow and a vast slogan declares, "Communism is our goal!" ...
23-06-2022
Svalbard travel guide
The place is not shy about its outlier credentials: even the ATM in the small town of Longyearbyen on Svalbard’s largest island of Spitsbergen boasts “this is the world’s most northerly ATM ...
14-06-2022
First case of bird flu detected in the Arctic
Norwegian authorities have discovered the first case of bird flu in Svalbard, sparking concern the virus could spread to other avian populations in the remote region.
24-06-2022
NATO’s ‘Arctic Achilles heel’ in Norway eyed up by China and Russia
The Norwegian Arctic archipelago of Svalbard is seen as a strategic and economic bridgehead not just for Moscow but also for Beijing.
23-06-2022
Norwegian islands lose quarter of voters as foreigners frozen out of local elections
However, Svalbard’s largest town Longyearbyen does have an elected local council which is advisory to local and central authorities. A member of the local council, Olivia Ericson, criticised the new ...
20-06-2022
Coal phaseout reaches remote Arctic archipelago
Machinery once used for loading coal from local mines onto ships in Longyearbyen stands over a pile of coal generated by the last remaining operational mine on Svalbard | Sean Gallup/Getty Images ...
17-06-2022
Warming climate upends Arctic mining town
Longyearbyen (AFP) – Tor Selnes owes his life to a lamp. He miraculously survived a fatal avalanche that shed light on the vulnerability of Svalbard, a region warming faster than anywhere else ...
21-06-2022