The Governor of Svalbard strongly discourages traffic in the vicinity of Midterhuken/Gåsebergkilen until further notice. All traffic shall be avoided. This applies both to tourist operators and other visitors.

There are large concentrations of breeding geese and other birds in the area. Due to the topography traffic is likely to lead to disturbance. If goslings are separated from their parents they easily fall prey to glaucous gulls, arctic foxes and other predators. Also, there are many reindeers calving in this area, and these are vulnerable to disturbances.

Consequently, the Governor considers that people roaming this area run a great risk of breaking the rules of considerate traffic in the Svalbard Environmental Protection Act. The Governor will follow up on the breaking of these rules.