Originally Posted by callmecrazy
They application for pleasure craft travel to antarctica on the Norwegian Polar Institutes website (which by the way, is only 1 page long) only states that the group must provide a "contingency plan" for SAR emergencies, such as
insurance. I think you may be referring to a different type 'regulation', maybe for commercial
ventures or something. Tourist travel and cruising boats are not so heavily regulated as you're making it sound.
Also, Jarle was not fined for "coming close to killing a few endagered species", that is pure BS. He was fined for being in too close proximity to a polar bear. And this is what is being considered "kicked out of the country" or "not welcome" by many people on this forum. His problem in canada
was because the one of his crewmates was a Hells Angels (norway) member
and not allowed into Canada
. it really has nothing to do with Jarle "giving the thumb" to government
and all this other crazyness.
You certainly don't have to like the guy, or agree with what he does. But please stop spreading misinformation.
This is not exactly sailing related, but I think kind of explains my opinion on the matter.
Svalbard is a shared permafrost landmass within the Arctic circle and is just about as close as you can get to the North Pole. The Russians and Norwegians split sovereignty.
I visited Svalbard in 1997 on a whim, I really wanted to experience that environment
and also get some timelapse footage of the Northern Lights
as well. To be honest, I just thought it would be an amazing tale to tell.
I decided to go when it was rather difficult, expensive and not exactly touted as a tourist destination
by the Norwegians. When I flew to Tromse to book my travel to Svalbard they were not exactly forthcoming with accommodating me. A lot of the questions were, "Are you a researcher? What University are you with? Are you an employee of the mining company?"
It bugged me that I was being hassled by SAS agent and her manager despite me waving cash in hand.
As I was going to be traveling to a Norwegian territory, with absolutely deadly weather
conditions and frigid temperatures, they were concerned a bit about my safety
, but after some convincing and paying the lofty $1500 for a ticket aboard a plane carrying researchers, mining staff and supplies, off I went to the Arctic.
When I arrived in Svalbard, before I could step outside of the small house that served as an airport
, I had to sign about 10 pages of papers declaring my intentions and also waive ALL liability for any type of SAR operation unless I could provide proof of payment in advance via a insurance
firm or downpayment of some kind. I also had to sign an agreement regarding the mandatory carrying of a firearm and an environmental impact summary if I planned on venturing out of the safe area, because of Polarbears. I also filled out emergency
contact forms, where I would be staying, what I would be doing etc etc. It was a lot of signing.
The Norwegians were very friendly, I had a great time, got some lousy shots of the Northern Lights
with help by the locals, but they were also extremely cautious about me tying up their limited resources if I became "LOST" on some personal adventure. Basically, they didnt want me to become THEIR problem and although all the hoops I had to jump through was quite exhaustive and obnoxious, after hearing about people that ventured out even with a travel agency of some kind, never to return, I started to understand why the Nords were so fussy. The don't like sending their guys out to look for other guys on their dime.
I do no think that anyone should be told where they can or cannot sail, but at the same time I do not think it is so ridiculous for a country wanting to keep its own SAR groups safe from people's adventures as well.