Norway is in the process of dismantling their last arctic coal mine and turning the area into national park!
The goal is to turn the area into a natural wildreness once more. A beautifully managed national park where polar bears, seal and countless more Arctic species can thrive in an area that experts are saying is one of the most climate change resistent area in the world.
Svalbard may contain the most famous seed reserve in the world, but the archipelago had a hidden dark-side of a coalmine run under state monopoly for 100 years. Despite mounting climate pressures, it wasn’t until 2016 the government announced they were planning changes.
The Van Mijen Fjord in the area has sea ice year round and is an important hunting ground for bears. At the top of this fjord, the mine loaded ships with coal for generations, creating a potentially devastating risk to the natural surrounds.
Now, it is not being just abandoned, but disassembled in a fantastic win for nature over industry, allowing the area to return to its original natural beauty.