‘Maud’ returns to Norway

The remains of a ship that polar explorer Roald Amundsen sailed on another expedition through the Northwest Passage have arrived back in Norway. The polar ship Maud had been abandoned on a beach in northern Canada, with half of it lying under water for the past 90 years. A group of local boosters in Vollen […]

Polar bears found ‘playing’ with plastic

When British wildlife photographer Kevin Morgans finally spotted some polar bears on Svalbard, and started taking pictures, it was with mixed feelings. His photos showed a mother and her two cubs, playing and chewing on what turned out to be plastic garbage. Morgans told Oslo newspaper Aftenposten that the three bears were resting on a […]

Melting ice makes drilling ‘immoral’

A Norwegian researcher’s findings that the Barents Sea may be ice-free by 2040 has unleashed new heated opposition to Norway’s granting of licenses for even more oil and gas exploration. Environmentalists claim the drilling will be “immoral” also after the ice is gone. Ocean researcher Sigrid Lind has concluded in her new doctoral thesis that […]

Supreme court won’t hear appeal against Arctic oil drilling

Norway’s highest court (Høyesterett) has refused to hear a direct appeal filed by environmental organizations that lost their attempt to halt oil exploration in the Barents Sea. The organizations aren’t giving up, though, and will now file their complaint according to normal procedure at the appeals court level. Greenpeace, Natur og Ungdom (Nature and Youth) […]

Avalanche danger isolates Arctic communities

Norway’s North Cape and the fishing village of Berlevåg were among communities left isolated this week by either avalanches or the danger of them. In Berlevåg, shelves were bare at the local grocery store when it wasn’t able to receive fresh supplies heading into the long Easter holiday weekend. The main E69 highway up to […]

Polar bears return to an Arctic island

A man from Stavanger who’s working at a remote meteorology station on an island east of Svalbard encountered no less than 14 polar bears in the course of just one day. Experts think the sightings may indicate better ice conditions in the area. Bjørn Naustevik Myklebust, age 30, told local newspaper Svalbardposten that his overnight […]

Kirkenes welcomes new train line from Finland

“This is a big day,” the mayor in Norway’s northern city of Kirkenes, Rune Rafaelsen, proclaimed after transport authorities in Finland said they want to move forward with plans for cargo train service between Rovaniemi and Kirkenes. They view Kirkenes as the best potential port for ongoing shipping routes through the Northeast Passage between Europe […]

New warmth record in the Arctic

While mainland Norway and much of Europe have been shivering through one of the coldest winters in years, it’s been the warmest ever registered in the Arctic. There’s also never been so little ice and so much open sea. “This is just completely wild,” Mark Serreze, leader of the US’ National Snow and Ice Data […]

Russian ‘attack’ prompts complaint

Norway’s foreign ministry has confirmed that it complained to Russian authorities following three of their air force training missions last year that simulated attacks on Norwegian military stations. Norwegian officials claimed that “this type of behaviour” was not in line with good relations between neighbours. Newspaper Aftenposten reported Wednesday that Russian bomber jets, for example, […]

Norway hosts ‘Seed Vault Summit’

It’s been 10 years since Norway opened the global seed vault on Svalbard. Agriculture Minister Jon Georg Dale has invited seed depositors and partners from around the world to a “Seed Vault Summit” on Svalbard this weekend, to celebrate the anniversary. Dale, along with Crop Trust and NordGen, will mark the occasion with panel discussions, […]