New regulations for the growing tourist traffic in Svalbard’s national parks and nature reserves have been in process for a while. In March 2008, the governor (Sysselmannen) has published some details, including:
Ban on crude oil (common fuel for larger ships) in national parks and nature reserves. There may be exceptions for Kongsfjord (Ny Ålesund), the sailing route into Bellsund (Sveagruva) and Magdalenefjord (important destination for large cruise ships).
Certain sites that are considered to have major historical or biological value and that considered are especially vulnerable will be closed for visitors.
Additionally, tourist landings in the nature reserves in eastern Svalbard will be restricted to certain areas.
Legislation is in process, a time schedule is not published.
The Haudegen station from World War II in Rijpfjord (Nordaustland) is amongst the sites that are likely to be closed to visitors.