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Re: News from Svalbard

Post by Bruce » Sat Apr 07, 2012 10:13 pm

If things don't work out at the new job, I'm heading for Svalbard.

It's easy to be famous in Svalbard. Just tack on "Northernmost" in front of everything. For example:

Northernmost train
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/13421864 ... google.com

Northernmost post office
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/13421867 ... google.com

Northermost bust of Lenin
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/23049111

In Svalbard there are people, and where there are people, there are drugs, and where there are drugs, there is a need for people who can test those drugs.
I could be the northernmost pharmaceutical analytical chemist. In fact, there could be a northernmost doctor up there right now prescribing pain medication to a
patient who leg was recently chewed off by a polar bear, but is uncertain of the potency of the drug. Hello, just call up Northernmost Bruce!

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I'll just need to check in my equipment at the Northernmost seaport.
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Re: News from Svalbard

Post by Bruce » Sat Apr 07, 2012 10:20 pm

Housing market appears to be doing well.

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/8425215? ... google.com
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Re: News from Svalbard

Post by Bruce » Sat Jun 22, 2013 4:01 pm

It is now illegal to die in Svalbard.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7501691.stm
It is forbidden to die in the Arctic town of Longyearbyen.
I'm there, dude. :guitar:
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Re: News from Svalbard

Post by Bruce » Sat Jun 22, 2013 4:11 pm

This part actually made me a little sad:
In winter - when the darkness lasts for months on end - the children make images of the sun with yellow paint and tissue paper and stick them to the windows.

Kristin has met some of the children at her physiotherapy clinic.

She says they have developed mobility problems because of their heavy winter clothes and must be trained to stretch their limbs in the warmth.
Needs to be a culture change in Svalbard. No children for one. Svalbard is for runaway old men who can't stand their wives anymore. Old men who are too old to take care of themselves anymore are to sacrifice themselves to the polar bears.

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Re: News from Svalbard

Post by Bruce » Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:27 am

There are 5 hotels in Svalbard.

And they are actually quite nice.

Mary-Ann's Polarrigg

Svalbard Lodge

Svalbard Hotell

Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, Spitsbergen

Spitsbergen Hotel

Two of them are 4 stars. 8)

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And the scenery.

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Who wouldn't want to wake up to a picture of a hungry polar bear?
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Re: News from Svalbard

Post by ed » Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:44 am

12 Facts You Never Knew About Longyearbyen: The World’s Northernmost City

APRIL 4, 2012 BY JENNIFER DOMBROWSKI 13 COMMENTS

Enjoying Twilight at Adventfjorden
The world’s northernmost city – and Svalbard’s only town with more than a handful of inhabitants – Longyearbyen is the base for tourism in Svalbard. While you might get “island fever” (as the locals call it) and want to spend all of your time snow scootering across the glaciers and frozen fjords, spend some time exploring this quirky town! We took a Maxi Taxi guided tour and learned these fun facts about Longyearbyen:
1. Longyearbyen was founded by an American.
An American, John Longyear, started the Arctic Coal Company and set up a mining operation for around 500 people in 1906. The settlement was known as Longyear City. Today it is Longyearbyen, meaning Longyear City in Norwegian.

Colorful Wooden Houses of Longyearbyen
2. Longyearbyen is built on stilts.
The ground in Svalbard is permafrost, which means the soil is permanently frozen year round. In Longyearbyen the permafrost ranges from 10 to 40 meters deep, with an active layer that melts each summer as the temperatures rise above freezing. The slilts, or piles, keep the building away from the active layer to prevent flooding and sinking!
3. It’s customary to take your shoes off.
It’s a local custom to take your shoes off indoors and you’ll see a sign kindly asking you to do so in many establishments. This extends to hotels, the Svalbard Museum, the church, and the tourist information office. But don’t worry, slippers are often provided to keep your feet from getting cold!

Skis. Check! Gun. Check!
4. Check your gun at the door!
More than 3,000 polar bears live around Svalbard; they are curious and sometimes hungry after not eating for months at a time. It is required to carry and know how to use a high-powered rifle anytime you leave the settlement.While it became a usual sight to see everyone casually walking about town with a rifle slung over their shoulder, guns are not allowed inside any building.
Clever signs remind you, “All the polar bears in this shop are already dead, please leave your weapon with the staff.”
5. Snow scooters are the preferred mode of transportation.
There are no roads outside of the settlements of Longyearbyen, Barentsburg and Ny-Ålesund and the roads do not connect the settlements with each other. Snowmobiles, called snow scooters in Svalbard, are crucial for transportation in the long winter months. They are so crucial, in fact, that there are 4,000 snow scooters for Longyearbyen’s 2,000 residents.
6. The sun does not rise for 4 months!
The sun sets each year for the very last time on October 25th and it will not rise above the horizon again for four months. The sun officially returns to Longyearbyen on March 8th, when it is finally high enough above the horizon to illuminate the steps of the old hospital.
Solfestuka is a week long celebration to welcome the return of the sun and the entire town gathers on the steps of the old hospital at precisely 12:15 to await its arrival.
7. Home to the world’s northernmost gourmet restaurant.
The historic Huset is the world’s northernmost gourmet restaurant and boasts one of Europe’s largest wine cellars with more than 20,000 bottles. The tasting menu is a great way to indulge in Arctic fare.

The Northernmost Church
8. Speaking of northernmosts…
The world’s northernmost church, ATM, Post Office, museum, commercial airport and university are all located in Longyearbyen!
9. The streets have no names.
The streets of Longyearbyen do not have names; they simply go by numbers. As Peter Adams said, “Grown men do not build houses on streets that are named Blueberry Road or Teddy Bear Yard!”
10. You can’t have a cat as a pet.
You won’t find cat food at the local co-op. Svalbard is home to abundant Arctic bird populations and cats pose a problem for the bird life. So Svalbard has prohibited them.

A Reindeer Wandered Right Into Our Path
11. Reindeer wander through town.
The Svalbard reindeer have no natural predators and so are very docile animals. They wander right through town and aren’t generally bothered by people being nearby.
12. It’s illegal to die.
Yes, you read the right! Death is forbidden. Longyearbyen only has a small graveyard that stopped accepting new burials over 70 years ago. Why? Because the bodies never decompose. Scientists found that bodies are perfectly preserved because of the permafrost.
So if you’re going to die, go do it somewhere else. It’s the law!
Svalbard Maxi Taxi 275 NOK per person; includes transport from/to accommodations.
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Re: News from Svalbard

Post by ed » Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:45 am

Here ya go. Start packing the plane leaves tomorrow.
3 seats left at this price Best Value 1:10p
PVD
Providence
1:55p
LYR
Longyearbyen
18h 45m, 3 stops
EWR, OSL, ...
Arrives next day
$2,027.05
oneway per person

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2:48p arrival Wed, Apr 23
4h 7m layover Newark (EWR)
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6:55p departure 7h 25m
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8:20a arrival Thu, Apr 24
Overnight
1h 35m layover Oslo (OSL)
SAS
9:55a departure 1h 50m
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11:45a arrival Thu, Apr 24
35m layover Tromso (TOS)
SAS
12:20p departure 1h 35m
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1:55p arrival Thu, Apr 24
Total Distance: 5,114 mi
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Re: News from Svalbard

Post by Bruce » Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:54 am

Holy crap, Ed. You're right. There really is a flight directly from Providence to Longyearben! :shock: :shock: :shock:

I could leave tonight. For real.

........wait a minute.

It's $2,027.05 for a one way ticket? And three stops? And that's for coach? And that doesn't even count the bagging fees? :x :x

Total rip off.

Why are fantasies so expensive. :cry:
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Re: News from Svalbard

Post by ed » Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:10 pm

You could make meth for a couple of days and then get out of Dodge. Feds would't bother you, you wouldn't even be on their radar.

Problem solved.

You do have a high powered rifle, don't you?
More than 3,000 polar bears live around Svalbard; they are curious and sometimes hungry after not eating for months at a time. It is required to carry and know how to use a high-powered rifle anytime you leave the settlement.While it became a usual sight to see everyone casually walking about town with a rifle slung over their shoulder, guns are not allowed inside any building.
Clever signs remind you, “All the polar bears in this shop are already dead, please leave your weapon with the staff.”
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Re: News from Svalbard

Post by ed » Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:19 pm

Apparently their coat of arms is rendered in midnight black and slush grey.

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Re: News from Svalbard

Post by ed » Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:22 pm

and here is the official town site:

http://www.lokalstyre.no/

It appears that the Amazing Spider Man 2 is showing.
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Re: News from Svalbard

Post by ed » Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:24 pm

This sort of thing could be a problem

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Re: News from Svalbard

Post by ed » Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:27 pm

I think that, perhaps, your goals might have to be adjusted.
Cheers for the Svalbard dream became reality
A month ago, the three study girlfriends out on the adventure of a lifetime. The goal was to Spitsbergen on the ski. Now the girls have managed the journey that very few manage to implement.
http://translate.googleusercontent.com/ ... EREcJzcgmA
The goal was to clear the trip of 40 days, but the girls reached the southern tip ten days earlier than intended.

ooooooooooooooookay
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Re: News from Svalbard

Post by Anaxagoras » Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:37 pm

Bruce wrote:Holy crap, Ed. You're right. There really is a flight directly from Providence to Longyearben! :shock: :shock: :shock:

I could leave tonight. For real.

........wait a minute.

It's $2,027.05 for a one way ticket? And three stops? And that's for coach? And that doesn't even count the bagging fees? :x :x

Total rip off.

Why are fantasies so expensive. :cry:
It's gotten pricey to fly anywhere in the last few years.
Cost me 5 grand to take my family to see my parents in California last year.
Thanks Obama! :x
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Re: News from Svalbard

Post by gnome » Mon Sep 23, 2019 4:59 pm

Bruce wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2013 4:11 pm
Needs to be a culture change in Svalbard. No children for one. Svalbard is for runaway old men who can't stand their wives anymore. Old men who are too old to take care of themselves anymore are to sacrifice themselves to the polar bears.

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:03 pm

Maybe Svalbard needs to secede from the EU. :cowbell:
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Re: News from Svalbard

Post by shuize » Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:00 am

This thread reminds me of the internet debate: Bear vs. Gorilla. If I recall correctly, it was Brown/Grizzly Bear vs. Silverback Gorilla. Feel free to substitute Polar Bear.

Regardless, I’m convinced the bear wins hands down and I’m a bit amazed anyone thinks the gorilla could even last one round.

As for Svalbard, we should just say “part of Greenland” and buy them both.

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Re: News from Svalbard

Post by Bruce » Tue Sep 24, 2019 2:19 am

Ah, the memories. :)

I started this thread when Svalbard was a remote cold island that no one ever heard of. Now it's gotten all touristy and the polar bears are using it as refuge from global warming.

No longer seems like a winter fantasy land. In fact, at the rate things are going, winter will be a story that I tell to my great grandkids that they won't believe. Then, once their school assignment is finished, they'll upload my consciousness back onto the cloud and never visit me again. :(
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Re: News from Svalbard

Post by robinson » Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:12 am

Yeah right
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Post by ed » Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:03 am

https://lookr.com/1494502588

The slvabard webcam.
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