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Tom Scott Takes Viewers to Beautiful But Dangerous Svalbard

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | July 06, 2015

Tom Scott Takes Viewers to Beautiful But Dangerous Svalbard

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There is a spot on this amazing planet where packing heat is a legal requirement.

YouTube’s Tom Scott once again takes his viewers to an interesting location where the culture and wildlife differ greatly from what you may be accustomed.

On a recent trip to the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, Scott stopped long enough to hold class and teach us all about the one place on earth where carrying a gun is mandated.

Now this doesn’t lead to an ol’ Western hootenanny scenario. Rather, this is a means to keep tourists safe from polar bears that are wont to maim and ruin otherwise delightful campfire stories.

Scott explains, “Because of that threat (polar bears), Svalbard is the only place in the world where carrying a gun is legally required.”

Now the host states that those without a permit can still enjoy the amazing sights of a place replete with sunshine at the moment, but you will have to go on guided tours.

But if cranky polar bears aren’t enough to dissuade you from visiting this magical place, Scott has a lengthy video on just that as well:

As noted in the video, the previously isolated locale is far more accessible. Scott even shares an anecdote that he booked a flight via his phone.

Our overall takeaway from the video tour of this remote destination is that it offers much of what travelers will want in 2015, like Wi-Fi and tourist attractions.

But there is enough intrigue to sate the bravest of holiday adventurers.

Normally we would shun a vacation where carrying a gun was required and the sun never went down.

But these few videos have us considering spending time high atop this spinning world in which we live.

It may be cold, bereft of foliage and teeming with wildlife; but that just makes it incredibly inviting. 

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