Firearms for protection against polar bears can be rented from authorised firearms dealers in Svalbard. The following requirements apply:
Foreign citizens over the age of 18 must apply to the office of the Governor of Svalbard for permission to rent a rifle for protection against polar bears.
Private persons over the age of 18 who have a valid firearms permit or European Firearms Pass for a hunting weapon or a firearm in a higher category, can rent a rifle without applying for permission from the office of the Governor of Svalbard.
A valid photo ID and firearms permit must be shown to the firearms dealer you are renting from. Foreign firearms permits/licences must be translated into Norwegian or English.
General requirements for applicants:
- the applicant must meet the requirements for conduct, sobriety and suitability
- the applicant must meet the age requirement of 18 years
- the applicant must be able to document sufficient skills in the handling and use of hunting weapons
Documentation related to the application must be submitted in English or Norwegian. Translation of original documents must be certified by the issuer of the document.
The rented firearm cannot be left with anyone else, even in connection with the delivery of the firearm from the firearms dealer or the return of the firearm.