Don’t Fear Polar Bear Attacks In Mainland Norway

Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) is firing back after Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) warned citizens to "avoid polar bear attacks" when traveling to Norway.

"There are risks for travellers to the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard relating to avalanches, glacier accidents, boating incidents and polar bear encounters," warns DFAT.

While the DFAT warning was specific to Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, which is located halfway between continental Norway and the North Pole, Norway’s MFA is assuring visitors that the only polar bears in mainland Norway are stuffed ones.

A tweet, with a picture of a stuffed polar bear inside the Prime Minister's office, was accompanied by the text, “Thank you #Australia for your concern. We can assure you that in mainland Norway all polar bears are stuffed and poses only limited risk.”

Thank you #Australia for your concern. We can assure you that in mainland Norway all polar bears are stuffed and poses only limited risk. https://t.co/iZi2acRv18

— Norway MFA (@NorwayMFA) January 12, 2018

Fears of polar bear attacks aside, there are plenty of compelling reasons to visit Norway.

A mother and baby polar bear in Norway's Svalbard archipelago.: PHOTO: A mother and baby polar bear in Norway's Svalbard archipelago. (photo via Flickr/BRIEF)© Flickr PHOTO: A mother and baby polar bear in Norway's Svalbard archipelago. (photo via Flickr/BRIEF)

The nation is one of the best spots in the world to catch the Northern Lights in action. And with low-cost carrier Norwegian Air offering fares starting from $99 one way from New York to Norway, there’s very little reason not to visit.

If you do want to catch Norway’s northern wildlife in action, the nation’s hybrid ferry system/cruise line, Hurtigruten offers some excellent arctic expeditions of the Svalbard archipelago.

Source : https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/don-e2-80-99t-fear-polar-bear-attacks-in-mainland-norway/ar-AAuDKph

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