Dutch man killed by polar bear on Spitsbergen

In the Norwegian Arctic, a Dutch man was attacked and killed by a polar bear. According to the Norwegian authorities it was a 38 year old man who was staying at a campsite near the town of Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen.

The man was attacked by the bear early in the morning in his tent. He was taken to a hospital, but a doctor there could only confirm that he had died. The bear was shot by other people present.


Spitsbergen is the main island of the group of islands of the same name, halfway between the Norwegian mainland and the North Pole. There are 3,000 people living among 1,000 polar bears.

The Dutch owner of the campsite says that an attack by a polar bear has not occurred on the campsite in 44 years.