Published 4/10/2021

Allows driving in snowscooter-free area

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


Published 4/10/2021

Update avalanche from Hiorthfjellet

The Governor has investigated the avalanche area. There is no indication that anyone was taken by the avalanche. It is not reported that anyone is missing. It looks like the avalanche is naturally triggered.


Published 4/10/2021

Large avalanche from Hiorthfjellet

There has been a large avalanche in the mountainside from Sneheim in Hiorthfjellet. The avalanche has passed through the scooter trail to Linken and down towards the cabins. The Governor investigates the area with scooter patrols and helicopter. We ask people not to visit the area.


Published 4/9/2021

Large cornices can fall down – evacuates Nybyen until further notice

Based on assessments from Skred AS and NVE, the Governor has decided to evacuate the buildings on the upper side of the road in Nybyen until further notice. The evacuation must be completed by 18.00 on Friday. At the same time, a ban on residence and traffic will be introduced in the area.


Published 4/6/2021

Great avalanche danger - avalanche in Ottofjellet

It is now avalanche danger level 4 - high- on Nordenskiøld Land. The Governor has just been notified of an avalanche in Ottofjellet, about 15 kilometers northeast of Longyearbyen. No one was taken by the avalanche.


Published 4/5/2021

Large avalanche near Barentsburg

There has been a large avalanche in the mountainside near Barentsburg. No one was taken by the avalanche.


Published 4/5/2021

Lifts the evacuation in Nybyen

Based on advice from Skred AS and the weather forecast, the Governor lifts the evacuation and the residence and traffic ban ban with immediate effect. The road from Longyearbyen skole to Nybyen will also be opened.


Published 4/4/2021

New assessment of the evacuation on Monday afternoon

The Governor, together with Skred AS, NVE and the Longyearbyen local council, will have a meeting at 14.00 Monday to assess the evacuation situation in Nybyen and the other measures that have been made due to the avalanche situation in Longyearbyen.


Published 4/3/2021

Evacuating in Nybyen until Monday morning

Based on assessments from Skred AS and the weather forecasts, the Governor has decided to evacuate the buildings on the upper side of the road in Nybyen until Monday morning. The evacuation must be completed by 19.00 on Saturday. At the same time, a ban on residence and traffic will be introduced on the upper side of all buildings from the south side of Spisshusene to the south end of the buildings in Nybyen. See map. Road 100 on the east side of Longyeardalen will be closed from Longyearbyen school / the old hospital to the intersection in Nybyen.


Published 4/2/2021

Violated the covid regulation - was returned to the mainland

A Norwegian citizen who flew to Longyearbyen on Friday was sent back to the mainland the same day. He had not completed the entry quarantine at Gardermoen after he arrived from London on Thursday. - This is a violation of the covid regulations, says assistant governor Sølvi Elvedahl.