Drilling has begun at the Bjaaland prospect in the Barents Sea, southeast of Bear Island, after the Norwegian government rejected a recent complaint from Greenpeace about the proposed well.

There’s nothing new about placing bets on horse races or sports teams. But now, thanks to a program called WellBet, people can try their luck at betting on oil and gas exploration on the Norwegian continental shelf.

Russia believes Norway is violating the Svalbard Treaty when the Norwegian government opens three blocks for oil drilling in the Barents Sea, close to the Arctic archipelago.

Russia’s new anti-aircraft weapon system will be rolled around in downtown Murmansk during this year’s 9th May parade.



Imagine travelling along the Arctic sea ice – occasionally dark, deep water peaks from under the vast landscapes of snow-covered ice beneath your feet, as a chilly northern wind turns your breath to vapor. As you walk along, life forms seem scarce.

Even if all radioactive Cesium-137 in the reactors leak out, levels will still be under the 600 Becquerel limit set by food authorities, according to researchers with the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research.

Russia is building an armada of new icebreakers which will substantially strengthen its presence in Arctic waters.

The European Union was snubbed once again at the ninth Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council in Iqaluit, Canada last month.

Several thousand people marched through Lenin Prospekt waving banners in all colors and variation of support for workers’ rights.

The Barents Council is a great example of international cooperation on regional level, Arkhangelsk Governor Igor Orlov underlines to Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Russian state nuclear company Rosatom signs deal on construction of an icebreaker for the Yamal LNG project.

The oil company will this year spend 764 million rubles (€13,2 million) on seismic mapping in the Kara Sea.

Norway must ramp up its military capacities in order to meet challenges from neighboring Russia, a new government-commissioned report recommends.

While Russia’s naval yard in Severodvinsk is busy like never before in Post-Soviet times with construction of new submarines, two old submarines on the Arctic seabed cause major concern for nuclear scientists.

The United States has big changes in store for the Arctic Council over the next two years, which will largely focus on climate change.

Four Norwegian artists are opening an art exhibition in Murmansk to show how the icing generation – the one that comes after the desert generation – sees the task of taking care of our planet.

The head of Finland’s Sámi Parliament told a United Nations gathering in New York that the Finnish government has robbed her people of their right to define themselves by failing to sign up to an international convention on indigenous people’s rights.

Borey-class submarine “Vladimir Monomakh” will be included in Russia’s Pacific Fleet one year after schedule.

Norway’s Former Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland and other members of the organization The Elders are in Moscow to meet with President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Electric car number 50,000 was recently registered in Norway, two years ahead of planned schedule.

Low oil prices triggers cross-companies cooperation to develop cost-effective solutions for new areas north of mainland Norway.

The border delimitation agreement for the Barents Sea demonstrated that Russia is playing according to the rules in the Arctic, former Norwegian foreign minister Jonas Gahr Støre says. It is five years since the two countries announced the deal.

Arctic indigenous leaders cautioned the circumpolar community that the continued intrusion of geopolitical tensions with Russia into the Arctic Council could negatively impact the wellbeing of Arctic peoples.

Norwegian and American inspectors embark on a joint inspection flight over Russian territory as part of the Open Skies Treaty.