Notification, insurance and reporting obligations
Residents taking a trip into the large protected areas must report their trip to the office of the Governor of Svalbard. The Governor sets the requirements for what such a notification must contain. For a group trip, it is sufficient to send a joint notification form. The notification must be sent electronically.
The large protected areas in which you have an obligation to give notification are:
- Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park
- Forlandet National Park
- Sør-Spitsbergen National Park
- Nordaust-Svalbard Nature Reserve
- Søraust-Svalbard Nature Reserve
If you are going to drive snow scooters to these areas, you must apply in advance. This specific application also applies as a notification to the Governor of Svalbard, and replace the form for notification of travel plans.
The Governor of Svalbard has, on a general basis, made an exception from the demand of search- and rescue insurance for permanent residents of Svalbard for trips to the areas subject to notification.