Polar bear. Svalbard. Photo @melissa_schaefer 🌎 The polar night reigns in the north, and the sun will remain under the horizon on Svalbard until February. As me and Melissa now prepare for this winter’s field work, we are checking temperatures and ice conditions on a daily basis. Although the long term trend is crystal clear - the ice is melting, there are of course some variations from year to year, and we are hoping for good conditions this winter. At the moment it looks quite sad, with the pack ice far north of the islands. One thing this means is that historically important denning areas, like Kong Karls Land in eastern Svalbard, are impossible to reach for bears about to give birth. • The Arctic has been warming twice as fast as anywhere else over the last 30 years. Polar bears are completely dependent on sea ice for life. They need it to reach the land areas where they build dens and give birth, and of course it is also the platform where they hunt for their primary food, ringed seals. During summer, the polar bears who become trapped on land eat nothing, or very little while waiting for the next winter and new sea ice. With a longer ice free summer, polar bears are moving to land earlier in the season, with fat reserves that may not be enough to survive until the next winter. The longer the summer without sea ice becomes, the more difficult it is for the polar bear to survive as a species. • But there is hope. Lots of it. The time to do something about this is NOW. Quoting our dear friend @paulnicklen “We need to break down the walls of apathy.” Educate yourself, do some reading online. Talk to friends and family. Be brave. Raise your voice. #future#turningthetide#oneplanet
I’ve been to Lofoten four times this year, but still craving to go back!
Day 7/7 of the @hunting_iceland IG takeover of @harkila_official
This is the last post of our takeover. We sure hope you liked our stories and pictures as well as we liked telling them. If you have interested in seeing more from our adventures feel free to check out our IG page @hunting_iceland
Hunting in the Arctic might be unique to some of you, broad mountain ranges, iced up rivers and lakes, no trees, active volcanoes, glaciers and the fact that we are allowed to shoot birds with rifles. Every one who lives that far north learns from an early age to never take Mother Nature lightly and always prepare for the worst because weather can go from good to life threatening in a matter of minutes all year round. Hunting under these conditions is our way of life and our demands are high when it comes to gear and equipment, having the right clothes on for each situation can be the difference between life and death. That’s why we choose @harkila_official clothing and gear for our adventures, we are able to stay out longer and go further, that’s why we are successful. We are thankful for all the interested and support you have shown us in the last 7 days. #iceland#arctic#greatweek#adventures#inspired#härkila#harkila#harkila_official#trustyourinstinct#partofnature#jagt#jagd#jakt#caza#chasse#hunting#shooting#outdoors#fieldsports#waidmannsheil
Aurora by @samuelsciclunaphotography .
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Selection by @torivarnaess
Lately, an ill polar bear has been elected as manifesto of climate change. Polar bears are listed as vulnerable species by IUNC, and the population is considered stable, despite the radical changes in the habitat.
Polar bear hunting places itself within a delicate issue.
As for anti-sealing campaigns, partial information could lead to disastrous results for indigenous communities.
In the Arctic, cultural meanings are tied to natural resources management. Implementing monitoring systems is necessary, but lets always be careful with symbolism.