Norway fines Arctic adventurer

Frenchman calls case a “parody of justice”
A court in Tromsø has fined the leader of a French maritime expedition with a fine of NOK 30,000 (€3,300) for violating the rules of the Svalbard islands.
Gilles Elkaim, 56, was fined for violating a number of local regulations, such as anchoring in a forbidden nature reserve, travelling with dogs without veterinary authorisation and failing to tell the authorities about his stops in protected areas.
The Norwegian court also told the Frenchman to reimburse NOK 10,000 in legal costs. Elkaim criticised the case for being a “parody of justice”.
He claims that a pump failure and bad weather stopped his boat from reaching its point of departure for a two-year expedition to reach the North Pole by sledge. The 15-metre sailboat Arktika 2.0, carrying three people and seven sled dogs, was impounded in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, last October.


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