Handling of Covid 19 virus on Svalbard
The Governor and the Svalbard Preparedness Council follow the situation closely and adhere to the guidelines of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. The need for new measures is assessed on an ongoing basis, and the emergency services will request assistance from central authorities if the need arises.
Notify your travel plans in due time
Please note that due to high demand it may accrue extended case processing time for notified travel plans until the summer.
We advise that both tour operators and individual travellers are aware of this and notify the Governor about their travel plans in good time.
Breaking of ice is not allowed
Several fjords on Svalbard are covered in ice this year. Throughout winter and spring, many species depend on sea ice for survival. The ringed seal births its pups in snow caves on the ice, and the ice is an important habitat and hunting area for polar bears. The breaking of ice is considered a deterioration of the natural environment and is not allowed.
They lost their lives on the Fridtjov glacier
It was the German citizens Sascha Brandt (39) and Magdalena Katarina Zakrzewski (40) who lost their lives in the avalanche on the Fridtjov glacier on Svalbard on Thursday 20 February. The relatives have been notified.
Two people declared dead in avalanche
Two German citizens have been declared dead after an avalanche on Fridtjovbreen. They were hit by the avalanche while on a trip with the Russian tourist company Arctic Travel Company Grumant earlier today. The guided group consisted of two guides and five foreign tourists.
Missing on Fridtjovbreen
At 14:50 this afternoon, the Governor was notified that two people are reported missing in the area around Fridtjovbreen. The missing persons were part of a guided group travelling with a Russian tourist company. The sequence of events is currently unclear. The Governor has dispatched a helicopter with rescue personnel and an avalanche dog.