Airport Polar Bear

After my wolverine posts, I’m considering a new series on taxidermy in transportation buildings.

This polar bear welcomes visitors to Longyearbyen, the main settlement on Svalbard, in the Norwegian High Arctic. So in addition to “walking on belt is prohibited” and “this area has camera surveillance,” the sign in the middle of the belt also says “do not touch the polar bear.” In English and Norwegian.

Polar bears are a big deal on Svalbard. You aren’t supposed to leave Longyearbyen without a rifle. (If you’re visiting from out of town, you can rent one, although I think you may also have to prove that you know how to use it.) When I left Longyearbyen, I was always in the company of Norwegians with both rifles and gun skills, so I was covered.

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