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The rugged beauty of Svalbard can make it difficult to leave.
Just ask Jason Roberts, originally from Australia and one of the long- time residents of the Norwegian Archipelago. After arriving almost 30 years ago, a taste for adventure was what initially drew the documentary maker to the Icy Coast.
Having worked on major wildlife productions, both in the Arctic and Antarctic regions, Jason is now passionate about the educational side of his job. In particular, being able to collaborate with projects aimed at raising awareness and knowledge on the role of nature, wildlife and its preservation.
“THE REASON I STAYED SO LONG IN THE EARLY DAYS WAS VERY MUCH THE POSSIBILITIES FOR STEPPING OUT INTO THE TOTAL WILDERNESS AND BEING ABLE TO EXPLORE ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING ENVIRONMENTS ON THE PLANET”.
And life in the cold north has been full of memorable moments for Jason, including working on the opening sequence of major conservation documentary, Planet Earth by BBC.
“There was a female polar bear coming out of her maternity den for the first time with two little cubbies. And they slide out of the den, down the snow slopes.” He tells us, “And I remember seeing that same scene years later on Times Square screens and going “Oh I know that bear!”.
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VOICES FROM AN ICY COAST
The Parajumpers Stories speak of lives outside the ordinary, lived in the remotest corners of earth where powerful forces of nature make everyday survival a challenge.
In the last decade, more and more people have come to Svalbard motivated by the beauty of the place but also by the challenge of what it means to survive both as a community as well as an individual in such a unique location.