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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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