|The position of Svalbard|
A polar bear warning sign just outside the town of Longyearbyen on the west side of Spitsbergen Island reminds visitors and residents alike about the reality of living near polar bears.
In Svalbard, people have been killed on several occasions, including incidents in recent years. On average, three bears have been killed every year during the period from 1993 to 2004 in encounters with humans, i.e. in self-defence. This number can be kept low if people try to avoid critical encounters, and behave in the most sensible way when interacting with bears. Accidents with fatal outcomes are highly unlikely if you follow a few simple procedures.
|Svalbard is also a land covered in glaciers as here where the late evening light illuminates the Negrebreen Glacier melting in the sunlight on Spitsbergen Island.|
|Ny-Ålesund in late April|
|Longyearbyen at night|
|A view of the town of Longyearbyen on the west side of Spitsbergen Island|