Loss of sea ice means polar bears are left hungrier and starting to push closer towards human settlements in search of food.
Tour guide Mans Gullgren has seen firsthand the impact climate change has had on Svalbard’s glaciers.
“A part of the glacier where I have been working since 2011, that has gone back more than 1km and that’s just in length. So it’s also probably about 35m of height that’s been lost,” said the expedition leader.
“I think, unfortunately, that people will have to be affected before things will start happening and it’s probably the west that has to be affected because we are the ones polluting the most.”