Published 9/22/2023

100,000 in fines for violating traffic ban in bird reserves

A Norwegian shipping company has been fined NOK 100,000 for violating the provision that all traffic in bird reserves is prohibited between 15 June and 15 August. The fine has been accepted.

Published 9/16/2023

Do not touch dead birds

The Governor has received many reports of dead birds and asks the public not to touch them.

Published 8/10/2023

Fined for violating the traffic ban in Bjørnøya nature reserve

A captain on a foreign cruise ship has been fined NOK 40,000 for sailing within the no-traffic zone in the Bjørnøya nature reserve. The fine has been accepted.

Published 8/9/2023

Fine for violation of the rules in the tourist regulations

A research institution has been fined NOK 40,000 for breaching the rules in regulations in tourism on Svalbard.

Published 8/8/2023

The polar bear is now in Hanaskogdalen

The polar bear is now on land on the other side of Adventfjorden, at the outlet of Hanaskogdalen. The Governor will try to drive it further northwest. The Governor asks people to be careful out in the field.

Published 8/8/2023

Boat traffic must stay south of the helicopter in Adventfjorden

The Governor asks that all boat traffic in Adventfjorden keep their distance and drive on the south side of the helicopter which is now following the polar bear that is swimming in the fjord.

Published 8/8/2023

Possible observation of polar bear

The Governor has received a report about a possible sighting of a polar bear in Bjørndalen this morning. The Governor is now trying to locate the bear and ask people not to visit the area and to be careful when traveling in the field.

Published 7/4/2023

Investigates violations of traffic bans in bird nature reserves

The Governor is investigating several violations of traffic bans in the nature reserves for birds on Svalbard. The cases concern vessels that have sailed within the no-traffic zones.

Published 6/28/2023

New procedures for alcohol cards

The Governor introduces new procedures for ordering alcohol purchase permits (so-called "alcohol cards") for new residents to Svalbard, with effect from 1 July 2023. The new procedures only apply to new residents, not to those who already have an alcohol card on 1 July 2023.

Published 6/26/2023

Public consultation: Land-use plan Ny-Ålesund 2023-2033

Kings Bay AS announces a public consultation of the proposed land-use plan for Ny-Ålesund 2023-2033. The hearing deadline is 25 August 2023.