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SGO - Fox in the summer

SGO - Self Study

The self study is a preparation for the actual course which all participants need to read through before attending the lessons. Most of the texts are in English, though a few in Norwegiaon only, but all the lessons will be held in English. A written exam will be held at the start of day 1. In order to complete the course you need to pass this test. But by reading the texts carefully that should be no trouble at all! The self study contains different areas of importance for all aspiring to work as a guide in Svalbard and is the same for the courses in winter and summer:

The history of Svalbard
- General
- Isfjorden; the history and cultural heritage of the Ice Fjord
- Longyearbyen
- Barentsburg
- Pyramiden
- Kongsfjorden
- Ny-Ålesund

Geology, nature, climate
- Svalbards geological development
- Isfjorden's geology and landscape
- Glaciers on Svalbard
- The Polar institute: climate and protected areas on Svalbard
- Weather on Svalbard
- Avalanche basic
- Sea ice basic
- Sea ice and risks
- Travelling on sea ice

Flora and fauna
- Wildlife on Svalbard
- Polar bears
- Plants on Svalbard / flora on Svalbard

Administration of Svalbard and the settlements
- Longyearbyen lokalstyre
- The Governor of Svalbard (Sysselmannen)
- About the settelements on Svalbard
- This is Svalbard (Statistics Norway; in Norwegian only)

Possible risk scenarios on Svalbard - by UNIS
- Field safety summer and autumn
- Field safety winter

Sustainable tourism
- The Svalbard Guidelines
- Internal guidelines for tour operators on Svalbard (in Norwegian only)
- Longyearbyen - a sustainable destination

Visit Svalbard Sustainable Destination

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