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Avalanch alert

Warning for HIGH avalanch risk
Update according to evaluations made in Longyearbyen tuesday morning.

On tuesday 21.February a HIGH risk for avalanch- danger grade 4- on Svalbard (region Nordenskioldland)

 Please follow information at www.varsom.no



Technical problems with notification forms

Information to tour operators and individual travellers: Due to technical problems with our electronic forms for notification of travel plans, we ask you to use the following guidance/ form for your notification:

  • Tour operators: Guidance for tour operators
  • Individual travellers/ residents: Meldeskjema-Notification

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Avoid traffic at Midterhuken/Gåsebergkilen

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.

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The ban on residence in the Lia area is lifted

The Governor of Svalbard has decided to lift the ban on residence in the Lia area that was imposed on 22 December last year.

This means that the affected residents now have full access to their homes, and that residence in the area is no longer prohibited.

The Governor’s decision is based on avalanche expert assessments.

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Rabies detected in polar fox at Hopen

Rabies has been detected in a polar fox that attacked the dogs at Hopen Meteorological Station April 26.

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Todalen and Gangdalen closed for motorised traffic

Due to Svalbard Ski Marathon, The Governor has decided to close Todalen and Gangdalen to motorised traffic on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 April.

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Restrictions imposed on motorised traffic on sea ice

The Governor is imposing restrictions on motor traffic on sea ice in Billefjorden, Tempelfjorden and Rindersbukta.

- The total burden on the environment in these areas has increased as a result of the traffic. We regard this as a necessary measure to protect seals and polar bears in a particularly vulnerable phase, says Head of Environment Protection Morten Wedege. 

The restrictions are introduced with immediate effect. The Governor emphasises that anyone travelling on sea ice has an individual responsibility to ensure that the sea ice is safe and navigable.

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Avalanche near Kapp Schoultz

There has been a snow avalanche in the hillside towards Kapp Schoultz at Tempelfjorden. Nobody has been taken by the avalanche. The Governor asks people who travel in the terrain to be aware of the danger of avalanches.

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Considerable risk of avalanches

NVE warns about considerable risk of avalanches – danger level 3 considerable – on Nordenskiøldland. The risk of avalanches is increasing due to wind and snowfall. The Governor asks people to take precautionary measures and be careful if entering the terrain. Pay attention through www.varsom.no.

Perleporten will be opened

According to updated prognosis from NVE there will be lower temperatures and less rain/snow. The measures taken in Longyearbyen will therefore be ended. The footbridge between Road 220 and 200 (Perleporten) will be opened.

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Still downpour and wind

According to updated prognosis from NVE there still will be downpour and wind. In Longyearbyen the downpour will be rain and sleet. The risk that avalanches will be a threat to houses is considered as low.

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