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 8/9/2023

The Governor has given a research institution a fine of NOK 40,000 for having broken the rules in the tourism regulations regarding that research and educational institutions must report to the Governor about planned trips at sea and about the sailing schedule.

The research cruise went through Svalbard's territorial waters along the entire west coast up to the north-west coast without the mandatory notification to the Governor. On the voyage, the ship went i.a. through Sør-Spitsbergen National Park, Van Mijenfjorden National Park, Forlandet National Park, and Northwest Spitsbergen National Park. The fine has been accepted by the institution.