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Man Attacked by Polar Bear in Norway on Eve of Total Solar Eclipse

Destination & Tourism | Donald Wood | March 19, 2015

Man Attacked by Polar Bear in Norway on Eve of Total Solar Eclipse

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Many travelers looking to find the perfect location to see the total solar eclipse this Friday have traveled to Svalbard, Norway, but a polar bear attack in the area has tourists on edge.

According to Dan Hewitt of, 37-year-old Jakub Moravec of the Czech Republic was camping with six other people in preparation for the solar eclipse when a polar bear attacked his tent Thursday morning.

Moravec was able to fight the bear off and received only minor cuts and bruises, considering the fact that he was dealing with wild animal of that size. The local governor's office told that the bear was put down as a result of the incident. It was the first attack by a polar bear in the area since 2011.

Speaking from his hospital bed, Moravec told Hewitt, “It was a very big surprise - I'm very lucky.”

The reason Moravec and between 1,500 and 2,000 other tourists have converged on Svalbard and the Faroe Islands is because of the total solar eclipse. The natural phenomenon will only be visible from those two locations, according to

Local authorities continue to warn visitors about not only the dangers associated with the wild animals in the area, but also the serious cold that has enveloped the land. Local hotels have reportedly been sold out for years, and camping is a popular alternative.

For the travelers risking their life camping out in an area that has seen polar bears in the attack, the solar eclipse better be worth all the trouble.

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