Jeez, Norweigans are getting plenty of opportunities to act smug these past few days
They blew a golden opportunity to get us back for drop-bears.
"Yes, there are heaps of angry polar bears here. They, uhhh, hide behind rocks..."
Trolls however....they are a serious concern in Norway, they do not take that lightly.
Australians are intrepid, you find them in the middle of the Congo to some remote glacier in Chile, it would not be unusual to find them in Svalbard. Lol
i think they've misunderstood, that's not a warning, that is a marketing promotion.
Ya, but Svalbard...
I was tickled to go to Longyearbyen and see the “Do not go past this sign without a loaded weapon” and the gun locker at the grocery store.
Born and raised north of the polar circle I have no idea how many times I've asked about the dangers of polar bears, but it's quite a few.
I find it adorable, because the only animal that is a danger around these parts is moose, due to their tendency to sprint over the roads. You don't want those antlers through you windshield and possibly your face at 75mph.
LPT: Aim for the back legs if you can't dodge the poor animal.
Look, Australia's animals and some of the plants like the taste of human blood. They don't know that the rest of the world has animals that don't constantly pose a threat.
I don't understand. The official travel advice is this, straight from the smart traveller AU website:
"Latest advice, 11 January 2018
There are risks for travellers to the arctic archipelago of Svalbard relating to avalanches, glacier accidents, boating incidents and polar bear encounters. The level of our advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Norway."
There are polar bears on Svalbard. But Norway seems to think the advice was about their mainland. Why the disconnect? Is there a case of hyper-sensitivity here?
I once nearly toppled a stuffed polar bear at a local bar.
Had that happened, it would have almost certainly spilt our beers on the nearby table, so there's a real cause for concern there.
One which I'm sure would give Aussies waking nightmares.
I'm sure it's hard for them to understand that the rest of the worlds Flora and Fauna isn't QUITE as actively out to kill us as their native ones might be.