Cub vocalisations

Polar Bears are born around christmas in a den. This makes it very difficult to study their behaviour in the first weeks of their life. Only in zoos it is ...

More ice please

In September the sea ice reaches its minimum in the Arctic. This year the record low of 2007 was almost broken (see graph below). Now the area is increasing again ...

Conservation vs. tourism

Sometimes there is some debate if tourism in vulnerable places as the Arctic is a good thing. It can be better not to bring people to places like this. Heritage ...

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Paul Nicklen: Conservation photography

Paul Nicklen, one of the best Polar Photographers in the word, explains ...

New plant species

There are around 180 different flowering plants known on Spitsbergen (like the Moss Campion in this picture). This year a new species was found, the Alpine Butterwort (Pinguicula alpina). It was the first new plant species to be found on Spitsbergen in 40 years. It is even a carnivorous plant species. Read here more about […]

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Cub vocalisations

Polar Bears are born around christmas in a den. This makes it very difficult to study their behaviour in the first weeks of their life. Only in zoos it is possible to do some research. A Dutch student listened to the sounds the cubs make and came up with several categories. Interested? Have a look […]

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More ice please

In September the sea ice reaches its minimum in the Arctic. This year the record low of 2007 was almost broken (see graph below). Now the area is increasing again as it should be. However, you can see the level stays still far below average. Here you can read more about the current conditions.

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Polar Bear cubs drowning due to melting ice

A recent study by the US Geological Survey together with the WWF showed an increase in cub mortality due to the longer distances they have to swim with their mothers in search of ice and/or land. Another result of the melting ice and changing climate.

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Paul Nicklen: Conservation photography

Paul Nicklen, one of the best Polar Photographers in the word, explains his passion for the Polar areas and his concern about the effects of climate change on the polar ecosystems. A great lecture, with a lot of passion, humor and great pictures.

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Conservation vs. tourism

Sometimes there is some debate if tourism in vulnerable places as the Arctic is a good thing. It can be better not to bring people to places like this. Heritage expeditions showed that it can be useful to do so. They organized a special expedition to search for the critically endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper. Apart from […]

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The state of the ice

Summertime is always the time of year when the Arctic sea ice starts to melt. In autumn and winter it grows and in summer it melts. Each year the question arises how much will melt this year. Will it be less again as the previous year? Will it beat the record low of 2007, or […]

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Welcome

Welcome to the new layout of my Spitsbergen page. On this page I hope to help you find the best way for you to experience Spitsbergen. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me! On the blog I’ll post my own experiences or news about the Arctic. Enjoy!

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