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Com­mer­cial ren­ting of fire­arms

The Sys­sel­man­nen has stop­ped al com­mer­cial ren­ting of fire­arms, which are nee­ded for tra­ve­ling any­whe­re in Sval­bard out­side the sett­le­ments for pro­tec­tion against poten­ti­al polar bear attacs. Accor­ding to the Sys­sel­man­nen, the­re is no legal base for ren­ting out fire­arms. An inte­rim solu­ti­on, which might enable ack­now­led­ged wea­pon trad­ers in Lon­gye­ar­by­en to rent fire­arms to per­sons who hold a licen­se to own such wea­pons, is curr­ent­ly being work­ed on.

No step any­whe­re in Spits­ber­gen out­side the sett­le­ments wit­hout a sui­ta­ble fire­arm! 
Not being able to rent one would make life quite dif­fiu­lt for indi­vi­du­al tou­rists.

Commercial renting of firearms

Source: Sys­sel­man­nen

Eas­tern Sval­bard

The cur­rent dis­cus­sion of kee­ping eas­tern Sval­bard open for tou­rists or clo­sing it lar­ge­ly has been descri­bed pre­vious­ly on this site. Now the Sys­sel­man­nen has published his recom­men­da­ti­on for the upco­ming law­gi­ving pro­cess. Remar­kab­ly, he has cho­sen not to recom­mend the ori­gi­nal pro­po­sal, which sug­gested to clo­se eas­tern Sval­bard with the excep­ti­on of 16 desi­gna­ted landing sites / are­as. The Sys­sel­man­nen con­siders this approach too strict and not suf­fi­ci­ent­ly backed up by strong argu­ments.

A final decis­i­on is to be made by the govern­ment in Oslo.

Accor­ding to the ori­gi­nal pro­po­sure, tou­rist landings in eas­tern Sval­bard would have been rest­ric­ted to the green are­as. The red coast­li­ne would have been for­bidden.
Click here for a lar­ger ver­si­on of the map.

Eastern Svalbard

Source: Sys­sel­man­nen

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