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Keep distance to Alkefjellet in Hinlopen Strait

The Governor of Svalbard urges larger vessels (over 70 feet) to keep a minimum distance of 1,000 metres away from Alkefjellet in Hinlopen Strait from now until 15 August. The Governor will, if necessary, be able to impose a temporary ban on entering this area.

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Rules for the use of smaller vessels for tourism purposes in Svalbard

Based on questions received from the tourist industry relating to which rules apply to so-called ‘tender operations’ and other passenger transport in smaller vessels in Svalbard, the Governor of Svalbard specifies the following:

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Start of work on management and protection plans for Central Spitsbergen

The Governor of Svalbard hereby announces the start of work on the three processes for the management and protection plans for Central Spitsbergen. The Governor invites all to an open information meeting in Lassegrotta, Forskningsparken (the Svalbard Research Park) in Longyearbyen on 4 July at 7.00 pm.

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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. If necessary, the Governor will impose a temporary ban on traffic in the area.

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Introduces measures against avalanches and cornice fall

In today's weather forecast, much rain and high temperatures are expected throughout the evening and night. Based on these weather forecasts and clear advices from Skred AS, the following measures are introduced:

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Restrictions imposed on motorised traffic in Tempelfjorden

The Governor is imposing restrictions on motor traffic on sea ice in Tempelfjorden in order to protect seals and polar bears in a particularly vulnerable phase.

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Evacuation and ban on entry/residence ban lifted

The Governor of Svalbard has today met with Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) and Skred AS. The evacuation and ban on entry/residence ban can be lifted Friday afternoon at 15:00 (3 PM).

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The evacuation will be maintained

The Norwegian Meteorological Institute informs that the strongest winds have passed over Longyearbyen. It will still be strong winds during the evening and night. The risk of avalanches is high and the evacuation and the ban on entry will be maintained. A new evaluation concerning the evacuation will be made on Saturday. Find more information on the website of Longyearbyen lokalstyre.

Strengthens the emergency preparedness

The Governor has strengthened the emergency preparedness and I monitoring the weather situation. The evacuation of people from the avalanche prone areas have been executed according to plan.

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Evacuation and ban on entry in Lia and Nybyen

The Governor has decided to evacuate the houses in Road 228 and the barracks on the upper side of the road in Nybyen. Ban on entry and traffic are also introduced in these areas (see map on the right side).The ban applies from 08.00 Thursday morning.

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