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Ever seen a Polar Bear? Take a Trip to Svalbard and you might get lucky

What it’s like living in close proximity to Polar Bears, an Instagram user from Svalbard shared her experience

Published 18.01.24, 09:32 AM
Image courtesy: @sejsejlija/Instagram

Days that look like nights, polar bears on the prowl, word of caution, careful steps, numbing cold, snow everywhere — reads like a documentary or thriller script, right? Except it is reality for the inhabitants of Svalbard. An archipelago in Norway positioned between mainland Norway and the North Pole, Svalbard is where humans coexist with the polar bears. And Instagram user Cecilia Blomdahl’s (@sejsejlija) video captured a glimpse of what life looks like in the winter wonderland, especially when a government helicopter is on a lookout for polar bears. Polar Bears don’t hibernate and we bet you didn’t know that, but what happens when a polar bear approaches human territory and what do the authorities do? Watch Cecilia uncover the adventure.

If dare and adventure is your style and Arctic has been on your bucket list, Cecilia’s reel will give you just the right nudge to start planning for a trip. After all, it’s not everyday that we land up in snow covered Norway and get a chance to see (from afar) the polar bears, right?

My Kolkata also recommends Cecilia’s videos on “dark” winters in Svalbard, life at the cabin area, deets on a Svalbard cruise and more, so you can have your research done. 

— Debrup Chaudhuri

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