Norway reminds solar eclipse watchers: mind the polar bears
Partial solar eclipse as seen from Westminster, Md., on Oct. 23, 2014. (AP / The Carroll County Times, Dylan Slagle)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, March 13, 2015 1:07PM EDT
COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Norwegian authorities are reminding visitors who want to eye a total solar eclipse from the remote Arctic island of Svalbard this month to be aware of polar bears, dress warmly and make sure they have a place to stay before coming.
The governor of Svalbard said in leaflets and online that visitors should remember that the average temperature for March is -15 degrees C and polar bears roam there freely. He added accommodations have been booked for years.
A solar eclipse occurs March 20 in a narrow path across the northern hemisphere and the Svalbard archipelago, more than 800 kilometres north of the Norwegian mainland, is one of the best places to see it.