Solar eclipse attracts thousands of tourists to Norway

Photo: NTB scanpix

Photo: NTB scanpix

Photo: NTB scanpix

Photo: NTB scanpix

The last time this phenomena took place in Norway was in June 30th, 1954. Solar eclipses happen almost every 18 months, but since it is only a thin belt of the Earth who have total eclipse, it is very rare that it happens at the same place. It happens about every 375 years.Svalbard has approximately 2,500 inhabitants, and the local population saw more than 2,000 visitors coming only to see the eclipse. One of those tourists was surprised by polar bear and had to fight to escape. The czech citizen Jakub Moravec told the Associated Press from his hospital bed in the Svalbard archipelago’s main town. Moravec was among a group of six on a combined ski and snow scooter trip on the remote islands more than 800km north of the Norwegian mainland. The group was camping north of Longyearbyen. The polar bear was shot and died.

Click to see videos of the solar eclipse:



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