Bears

The Norwegian Island Where You Must Carry A Rifle

Any time you leave a settlement in Svalbard, the law requires you to have a rifle for self-defense against polar bears. This region sits between Norway and the North Pole, and is a sought-after destination by adventurers. There are an estimated 3,600 polar bears on the Svalbard archipelago, and they are seriously dangerous to human visitors.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Polar bears are a serious and lethal threat in Svalbard, Norway. 00:19

  2. Svalbard is a Norwegian archipelago that legally requires people to carry rifles. 00:37

  3. Any group traveling outside the main settlements of Svalbard must carry at least one rifle. 00:58

Written by Curiosity Staff September 16, 2015

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