Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Bear Territory

Janet Biggs in Svalbard

These signs are posted on all the roads leading out of central Longyearbyen, reminding travellers that Polar Bears are active -- although the sign says that this is the case throughout Svalbard.

In Svalbard, when travelling outside settlements you are required to carry a rifle at all times to protect yourself from bears (although many locals carry weapons in town, too). Which may explain the lack of crime in Longyearbyen.

We have a gunman on the boat just in case. Hopefully, we'll all live in peace.

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