Firearms for protection against polar bears can be rented from authorised firearms dealers in Svalbard. Processing of applications for renting firearms can take up to one month. The following requirements apply:
Private individuals over the age of 18 must apply to the office of the Governor of Svalbard for permission to rent a rifle for protection against polar bears.
Foreign nationals who have not lived in Norway for the last five years must submit a certificate of good conduct from their home country. The certificate must be translated into Norwegian or English. The certificate of good conduct must not be older than six months old and must be translated by a certified translator.
Private persons over the age of 18 who have a valid firearms permit or European Firearms Pass can rent a rifle without applying for permission from The Governor of Svalbard.
A valid photo ID and firearms permit must be shown to the firearms dealer you are renting from. Foreign firearms permits/licences must be translated into Norwegian or English.
The application must contain all the necessary documentation. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
General requirements for applicants:
- sober and responsible
- at least 18 years old
- must be proficient in handling and using a rifle
- foreign nationals must submit a certificate of good conduct from their home country. The certificate must be translated into Norwegian or English
The firearm cannot be left with anyone else, even in connection with the delivery of the firearm from the firearms dealer or the return of the firearm.
Tour operators and research institutions can also hire firearms for protection against polar bears. In this case, one person must take responsibility for the rental. This person must meet the same criteria as for private persons renting a firearm.
People over the age of 18 can rent emergency signalling equipment without applying for permission.