"Tilladelse til ind og udførsel af vaben til Groenland inkl. nationalparken. Gyldig i perioden 10. April til den 30. Juni 2014 i forbindelse med Wings Over Greenland II under ref. Nr. A-14-23."
Which translates to:
"Permission to enter and export guns to Greenland incl. the national park. Valid from 10 April to 30 June 2014 in connection with Wings Over Greenland II under Ref. No. A-14-23."
While many polar travelers secretly hope for a friendly encounter with one of these majestic animals, such a situation may potentially be life threatening for both parties.
Images: Polar bear tracks in Svalbard. (Spitsbergen 2006)
Polar bears are protected and may not be hunted or shot by tourists, except as a last resort in self defense after several unsuccessful attempts to deter the animal.
Yet for this eventuality, expeditions are required to bring a firearm and to obtain the necessary permit.
"Projects and expeditions to the Greenland National Park are obliged to bring a firearm as well as polar bear deterrents"
We hope that we never have to make use of it.