Local avalanche warning for Longyearbyen

From 1 November to 31 May, The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate prepares daily avalanche warnings for Nordenskiöld Land as it does for other regions. 

Published 6/24/2019, Updated 1/16/2023

In addition to the regional warning, the danger of naturally triggered avalanches that can threaten exposed buildings in Longyearbyen is also considered. The warnings are prepared by NGI. These warnings will be based on general weather and avalanche warnings, local weather forecasts, local avalanche observations and knowledge of avalanche paths in the Longyear Valley.

Forecasts and local observations that show an increased danger of avalanches towards houses in Longyearbyen will trigger a warning to The Governor of Svalbard and Longyearbyen lokalstyre. Once the warning is received, The Governor will assess the situation and whether action should be taken.

Information on local avalanche risk assessments can be found on The Governor's website and on social media. In the event of evacuating avalanche-prone areas in Longyearbyen, residents in the relevant areas will be contacted directly.