US secretary of state John Kerry visited Ny-Ålesund on June 16th. With him was Norway's minister of foreign affairs, Børge Brende. The two came to Ny-Ålesund to see the climate change up close, and to meet with the town's scientists.
The security was tight during the visit. The group started with a visit to the Museum, where they met with scientists to discuss the work being done in Ny-Ålesund. They then walked down to the harbour for a boat trip on Kongsfjorden. They ended their visit with a working lunch in the Amundsen villa.