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Two women on Arctic expedition stuck in frigid lockdown by themselves

Two women who left on a groundbreaking Arctic expedition in August have seen their planned return to civilization postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report. Sunniva Sorby, of Canada and Hilde Fålun Strøm, of Norway, planned on “overwintering” on the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic Ocean for nine months — three of them spent in complete darkness, according to the website for their Hearts In The Ice project. They have no running water and limited electricity. But nearing the end of their planned stay this month, the vessel that was supposed to retrieve them canceled its voyage because of global coronavirus-related travel restrictions, NBC News reported Thursday. “There have been tears, ...