Great avalanche danger - avalanche in Ottofjellet

It is now avalanche danger level 4 - high- on Nordenskiøld Land. The Governor has just been notified of an avalanche in Ottofjellet, about 15 kilometers northeast of Longyearbyen. No one was taken by the avalanche.

Published 4/6/2021

- We received a message from a snowscooter driver who saw that the avalanche was triggered, says Chief Police Inspector Anders Haugerud.

- It is very good that people report to us when they observe avalanches In this case, we avoided a rescue operation, he says.

- An increase in wind will lead to wind loading on a very unstable snow pack. Avoid and keep distance to all avalanche terrain. Naturally triggered large and even very large avalanches likely, www.varsom.no reports.

The Governor asks everyone who are out in the terrain to be very careful and avoid to travel in avalanche-prone terrain. Follow www.varsom.no.