The Norwegian Island Where You Must Carry A Rifle

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

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    Polar bears are a serious and lethal threat in Svalbard, Norway. (0:19)

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    Svalbard is a Norwegian archipelago that legally requires people to carry rifles. (0:37)

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    Any group traveling outside the main settlements of Svalbard must carry at least one rifle. (0:58)

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