Drones on Svalbard


It is forbidden to fly drones in a zone with a radius of five kilometres from the airports in Longyearbyen and Svea. Ny-Ålesund also has a zone of 20 km around the city with radio silence and drone ban. This means that in practice there is a ban on flying drones in Ny-Ålesund and throughout Kongsfjorden.

If you are going to fly drones outside the prohibition zone, you must familiarize yourself with the rules of drone flying. Here are the most important:

  • it is forbidden to disturb the wildlife on Svalbard
  • do not fly higher than 120 meters above the ground
  • keep a distance of 150 meters from people, buildings, boats etc
  • you must always be able to see your drone
  • familiarize yourself with the rules of filming and photographing other people
  • it is not allowed to fly drone in the dark