A British tourist has been mauled to death in the north of Norway while travelling with the British Schools Exploring Society (BSES).
The attack – which happened at Von Postbreen, approximately 40 kilometres from Longyearbyen – saw four other travellers injured earlier today.
All were flown to Longyearbyen hospital and are due to be airlifted to a hospital in Tromsø.
The governor of Svalbard confirmed one person has been killed.
”The governor received a message around 07:30 this morning about a polar bear attack at Von Postbreen,” explained a statement.
“The governor and personnel from the hospital flew out by helicopter.
“The polar bear has been killed.”
BSES Expeditions offers adventure travel to 16-25-year-olds in the polar regions, deserts, mountains and jungles of the world.
Around 250,000 British tourists visit Norway every year.