Exactly one month ago I took this picture of the Negribreen. While we were enjoying this spectacular glacier an enormous tragedy took place on the other side of this glacier. A British youth organization was camping near the Von Postbreen and was attacked by a Polar Bear. Due to a lot of bad luck and failing material a 17-year-old boy was killed while 4 others, two of them leaders of the group, got seriously injured.
Of course, I know things like this can happen, but incidents like this make you realise again you’re really in Polar Bear country. This incident was only the fifth lethal accident in 40 years (with 120 bears being killed in the same period).
Taking good precautions can minimise the risk, but this tragedy shows that it can never really be ruled out.