I'll be in Longyearbyen with my wife Feb 19th through 24th and we got a room in Gjestehuset 102. I read that there is no risk of polar bear encounter in the settlement but since this hostel is about a mile away from the settlement center, I was wondering if there was any risk while walking from the hostel to the center? It seems like it's a 15-minute walk and that the road is pretty empty.
We will mostly book day tour and I read that someone then comes with you and has a gun to scare them off if needed, but are tourists allowed a flare gun or anything to "scare" them off if ever encountered in that part of the settlement? Or is it simply something that never happens.