Spitsbergen lies halfway between Norway's mainland and the North Pole. The largest settlement on the archipelago is Longyearbyen. Nicole Frölich visits the northernmost town in Europe.
The man was leading a group of tourists on a remote Arctic archipelago when the attack occurred. The man is in stable condition, but the bear was shot dead and local police have launched an investigation.
The eight-member Arctic Council is meeting in Finland as thawing of polar ice has some countries scrambling over the earth's untapped resources. The US is set to strengthen its presence in the region.
For one year, a research ship called "Polarstern" will drift through the frozen Arctic. Researchers want to better understand the influence of the Arctic on climate, says cruise leader Christian Haas in a DW interview.
The sea cruise industry is booming, and yet protests are growing: Critics claim these floating hotel complexes not only pollute the environment, but also bring cities to the brink of collapse. Here's a fact check.
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