Snowmobile traffic in a snowmobile-free area

The Governor reminds that only permanent residents of Svalbard are allowed to drive snowmobiles until 1 March in the snowmobile-free area marked in green on map A in the Regulations on motor traffic in Svalbard.

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Published 2/2/2023

Visitors/non-residents are not allowed to drive their own snowmobile in the green area, even if they are in company with permanent residents. This applies, for example, to driving to Scott Turnerbreen. It is also not permitted to carry out organized snowmobile tours with tourists in this area.

After 1 March, snowmobiling is prohibited for everyone in this area.

For driving snowmobiles in Sør-Spitsbergen, Forlandet and Nordvest-Spitsbergen national parks, permission from the Governor is required. See link to Application for permanent residents for the use of snowmobiles in the national parks.

Those who have been on a trip in these areas must also report after the trip using a form on the same website.

Read more about traffic restrictions and see the downloadable map for more information.