Published 3/20/2023

The Norwegian Customs Service takes over responsibility for the VAT refund form in Svalbard

From 1 April 2023, there will be a change in routines for stamping VAT refund forms in Svalbard.


Published 3/15/2023

Man killed in scooter accident

An American citizen died on an organized snowmobile trip today.


Published 3/13/2023

Open days at Fredheim

Hilmar Nøis wanted the trapping station Fredheim in Sassen to be a memory of the winter trapping in Svalbard. The Governor of Svalbard in collaboration with the Svalbard Museum is opening Fredheim to permanent residents on three Saturdays this spring.


Published 3/9/2023

Application for temporary facilities for summer 2023

Permission from the Governor is required for all temporary facilities to be used for camping for the public for a week or more this summer. The deadline to apply is 11 April 2023.


Published 3/7/2023

Temporary change to regulation on motor traffic in Svalbard

The Governor of Svalbard has decided to temporarily change the regulation on motor traffic in Svalbard. The changes will apply until 1 June 2023. The background for the regulation is the need to protect habitats and avoid disturbance of ice-dependent species.


Published 3/1/2023, Last edited 3/14/2023

Sysselmesterens time 2023

The Governor of Svalbard would like to invite guides and tour operators in Svalbard to the annual "Sysselmesterens time" event. The event will be held at UNIS on Tuesday the 14th of March, 18:00 – 20:00.


Published 2/28/2023

The traffic ban is lifted at 12:00

Following recommendation from NGI, Longyearbyen Local Council cancels the closure of road 300 with effect from 28.02.23 at 12:00. The Governor lifts the traffic ban on the upper side of the road from the same time.


Published 2/27/2023

Traffic ban on road 300 until further notice

Road 300 from the intersection at the old museum up to Huset is closed from 16:30 today and until further notice due to the risk of avalanches from Platåberget. The Governor has introduced a traffic ban on the upper side of the stretch of road. This means that the ski trail is not available.


Published 2/16/2023

Exercise on Saturday 18 February

This coming Saturday, the Governor of Svalbard, together with the Longyearbyen Red Cross Rescue Corps and Norwegian Rescue Dogs Svalbard, will conduct an avalanche exercise near Longyearbyen. There will be helicopter traffic and emergency personnel in the terrain. 


Published 2/8/2023

Road 300 remains closed, while the traffic ban in Nybyen is lifted

Road 300 remains closed and the traffic ban above the road will be maintained until Thursday 9 February at 08:00. At the same time, the Governor has decided to lift the traffic ban in Nybyen.