Allows driving in snow scooter-free area

Due to the great risk of avalanches, the Governor allows snow scooter driving from Reindalen through Tverrdalen and Bolterdalen until late Monday night.

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Published 4/9/2023

- We are making a temporary change in the motor traffic regulations so that people who are going home to Longyearbyen from a trip will be able to make a safer route under prevailing conditions with a high risk of avalanches, says Governor Lars Fause.

The change applies until Monday 10 April at 24:00. It only provides an opening to drive through Tverrdalen/Bolterdalen from Reindalen - not in the opposite direction.

The governor emphasizes that this will not be done every time there is an avalanche danger in the terrain.

The change is based on the fact that the great avalanche danger has persisted for several days, and that it has been an Easter holiday, and many have been on a trip and are going home to Longyearbyen.

- By making this temporary change, people can avoid driving in avalanche-prone areas such as Skiferdalen, Bødalen, Gangdalen, Todalen and Fardalen, says Lars Fause.

Under the prevailing conditions, everybody must in any case make their own assessments in relation to what is safe when traveling in the terrain.