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No polar bear observed

The Governor has now searched Platåberget with helicopter. No observation of polar bear has been made. The Governor urges people to be observant and take their precautions concerning polar bears when entering the terrain.

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Possible polar bear on Platåberget

The Governor has received information about a possible polar bear observation on Platåberget. The Governor has sent up a helicopter to search the area and urges people to stay away from Platåberget until further notice.

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Risk of landslides

A minor landslide is observed along Vei 500 between Huset and the old Museum  close to last year’s landslide.  The road is closed between Huset and Museumsveien until further notice.   The weather forecast predicts more rainfall in the next days. There will be a new evaluation on the situation on Monday. 

The road is closed for pedestrians and cyclists.

Dog carts have to stay on the roads

The Governor like to remind all mushers that dog sledding on wheels have to be done on roads. Mushing at the tundra during summer season may harm the vegetation and make long-term traces and is therefore prohibited according to the Svalbard Environmental Protection Act.

Landings on Midterhuken/Gåsbergkilen

On the 12th of June the Governor urged tour operators and other travellers to avoid landings on Midterhuken/Gåsbergkilen in Bellsund. 

The most vulnerable period is now over. However, the area is generally vulnerable both in terms of vegetation and disturbance of wildlife.  Assuming that this is taken into account, the call is now withdrawn.

Please observe that the general landing ban in Midterhukhamna east of Husodden  applies all year.