The route from St. Petersburg to Bangladesh via Murmansk and Vladivostok is about 3,200 nautical miles longer than sailing the cargo via the Suez Canal. Even the route around Africa would have been faster.
A cold wind brought snow to all inland areas above the Arctic Circle in Finland, Norway and Sweden. With temperatures down to minus 17℃ last night and continued subzero forecast, winter season kicks off earlier than usual.
A cruise ship in distress in freezing cold Arctic waters off Svalbard is the nightmare scenario for rescue services. On Friday, search- and rescue capacities from Longyearbyen were tested in a mass evacuation.
The Reykjavik-based Arctic Circle Assembly will next month mark the start of a busy season for stakeholders and policymakers in the circumpolar north to reconvene. Such non-digital venues are more important than you think, especially in the Arctic.