Road signs

but no roads

Ok, I admit: I’ve got a thing for signs. I often take pictures of signs because they tell something about the area you’re in. Signs with the name of the area, but also other signs that are characteristic for an area or situation. This sign is one of those. Ok, the place (Svalbard) is mentioned, but where in the world do you find signs that warn for “crossing Polar Bears”?? They even asked permission to use a black background, so the white bear sticks out better (it used to be a white background with a black bear). The fun thing is however, there is only ca. 30km road on Spitsbergen. But, as the sign below says: the warning goes for the whole of Spitsbergen, with or without roads. This means that I’ll have shooting practice tomorrow and will have to carry a loaded rifle all the time when we leave the ship. But it also means we can meet those magnificent creatures again. I hope to find many, but at a save distance.

Tomorrow I board the Noorderlicht where I won’t have internet access. This means no blog posts until I return to Longyearbyen on July 28th. After that I’ll keep you updated again 🙂

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

One comment

  • This is so awesome! I’m really jealous that you are in such a beautiful country even though there are dangerous polar bears 🙂 I hope that you get some photographs so that I can come back and check them out! Good luck and be safe!


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