Thousands of people in Norway have lived with a secret for almost 70 years. German war children in the High North are an important voice in remembering the liberation of Finnmark and a poignant lesson in history about misdirected anger and the damage it can cause.

Representatives from seven countries have gathered in Tromsø this week to create a new set of standards for sustainable standardized solutions for international petroleum activities in the Arctic.

MINOT / NORTH DAKOTA: This U.S. shale formation produces over a million barrels of oil per day at a break-even price offshore drillers in the Barents Sea never even can dream about.

Industrialists in Finland eye the opening of a major trade and transport route with a projected railway connection to the Norwegian Arctic coast. Former PM Paavo Lipponen has been hired to get the Norwegians onboard.



Norwegian scientists won the Ig Nobel Award for investigating how reindeer react when they see people dressed up as polar bears.

The U.S. Department of Defense has released a “Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap”, detailing plans to combat both “immediate” and future national security risks due to climate change.

In Arkhangelsk Russia has opened its third of ten planned search and rescue centers along the Northern Sea Route.

TROMSØ: With economic support from the regions, Arctic Airlink will be the first east-west route linking Norway, Sweden and Finland in the north.

Environmentalists fear the Defense Ministry’s new military bases can pose problems for polar bears.

The nuclear-powered submarine “Yekaterinburg”, which was severely damaged in a fire in December 2011, will be put back in service in the Northern Fleet in December, Zvezdochka shipyard reports.

Russia’s Ministry of Defense wants to enhance ecological monitoring in the Arctic and plans to establish a regional environmental center operated by the Northern Fleet.

…and 2014 is likely to become the warmest year on record, measurements from NASA show.

After a somewhat disappointing test-drilling season for oil companies in the north, Lundin Petroleum today announces a big finding of both oil and gas.

The Russian company this summer assembled 3D seismic data from a 2800 square kilometer area in the Barents Sea. The company believes the area could hold 1.4 billion tons of oil and 1.9 trillion cubic meters of gas.

Scientists have had trouble explaining why the Arctic is warming faster than the rest of the planet, but new research says it may be the plants’ fault: vegetation attracts sunlight, traps heat, and even interacts with the atmosphere to influence sea ice.

The world’s one and only nuclear powered container ship, the 26-year old “Sevmorput”, will from late 2015 be ready for operations in the Russian Arctic, Rosatom says.

India’s current Head of State will be making the county’s first ever official visit to the Arctic with a stop planned in Rovaniemi on the Scandinavian diplomatic tour.

Arctic seabirds are acting as proverbial ‘canaries in the coal mines’ for pollution hotspots in the High North.

Norway and Russia on Friday signed a new fisheries agreement for the Barents Sea for 2015. Quotas on cod remain high, but are down from 2014 down, in accordance with scientific recommendations.


KIRKENES: Warmer temperatures at the bottom of the Barents Sea are of big concern to ecologists in the High North. Certain marine species are disappearing from the ecosystem while others are increasing in number. The impact on Russia’s fisheries sector is crucial.

TROMSØ: Pskovavia’s permission to fly to Tromsø expires in two weeks. Passengers fears the route will be closed since no alternatives exist.

A narwhal tusk has been stolen from Svalbard, a popular, protected Arctic tourist destination. The governor’s office has asked for the help of expedition cruise ship visitors in identifying the culprit.