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Parts of Nyby­en clo­sed becau­se of avalan­che risk

The wea­ther in Spits­ber­gen has lar­ge­ly been rather unfriend­ly for a while with a lot of wind, snow and com­pa­ra­tively mild tem­pe­ra­tures. The Eas­ter wee­kend was not as ide­al for long trips into the out­doors as many would have wan­ted. A group of ski expe­di­tio­ners who wan­ted to go “Spits­ber­gen på langs”, a deman­ding tour from the south cape to the north point of the main island, had to be picked up by heli­co­p­ter just days after the start.

Gruvefjellet above Nybyen: avalanche risk

Gru­ve­f­jel­let abo­ve Nyby­en (the buil­dings are part of Nyby­en).

Cur­r­ent­ly, the wea­ther fore­cast again inclu­des a lot of wind and snow for Lon­gye­ar­by­en and lar­ge parts of Sval­bard, and this invol­ves a high avalan­che risk. The offi­cial warning sys­tem

wie­der Wind und Schnee bereit. Daher gilt in Lon­gye­ar­by­en und gro­ßen Tei­len Sval­bards wie­der varsom.no is now on “red” (sta­ge 4 out of 5).

Lar­ge cor­ni­ces have built up at Gru­ve­fel­let next to Nyby­en, the upper part of Lon­gye­ar­by­en. The­se cor­ni­ces may break off at any time and put buil­dings at risk. The Sys­sel­man­nen has con­clu­ded that the only way to keep ever­y­bo­dy safe is to evacua­te parts of Nyby­en until fur­ther noti­ce. This inclu­des the buil­dings on the east side of the road and the adja­cing slo­pe of Gru­ve­f­jel­let. Ever­y­bo­dy has to lea­ve from this area until 1800 today (Fri­day). The evacua­ti­on can only be lifted by the Sys­sel­man­nen, and it is not known when this will hap­pen.

Avalanche risk: evacuation  of Nybyen

The clo­sed area in and near Nyby­en.
Map © Nor­sk Polar­in­sti­tutt / Sys­sel­man­nen på Sval­bard.

Avalan­che risk: parts of Lon­gye­ar­by­en evacua­ted

The wea­ther fore­cast pre­dicts strong sou­the­as­ter­ly winds, remi­nis­cent of the situa­ti­on just befo­re and during the fatal avalan­che in Decem­ber 2015 during which 2 peop­le died in their homes.

Avalanche risk: evacuations in Longyearbyen

The red zone near Lia, the part of Lon­gye­ar­by­en next to the moun­tain Suk­ker­top­pen, may not be ent­e­red until from Satur­day 8 a.m. until fur­ther noti­ce from offi­cial side. The buil­dings shown in the red area were des­troy­ed by the cata­stro­phic 2015 avalan­che.
Map © Nor­sk Polar­in­sti­tutt / Sys­sel­man­nen på Sval­bard.

The Sys­sel­man­nen has reac­ted and evacua­ted parts of Lon­gye­ar­by­en that may be at risk. This con­cerns a cou­p­le of houses in Nyby­en on the east side of the road, near the slo­pe of the moun­tain, and the lower slo­pes of Suk­ker­top­pen next to Lia (the part of Lon­gye­ar­by­en that has the lovely old woo­den buil­dings with pit­ched roofs). This is whe­re houses were des­troy­ed during the avalan­che a few days befo­re Christ­mas 2015.

The are­as con­cer­ned must be evacua­ted until Satur­day morning 08:00 and they may not be ent­e­red until fur­ther noti­ce by the Sys­sel­man­nen. Peop­le can not arran­ge pri­va­te accom­mo­da­ti­on can con­ta­ct the local admi­nis­tra­ti­on. The­re are fewer locals, tou­rists and stu­dents in Lon­gye­ar­by­en now than in nor­mal times due to the coro­na cri­sis, so accom­mo­da­ti­on should gene­ral­ly be avail­ab­le.

Avalanche risk: evacuations in Longyearbyen

The red zone in and near Nyby­en in upper Lon­gye­ar­by­en is off limits as of Satur­day 8 a.m. and until fur­ther noti­ce from the Sys­sel­man­nen.
Map © Nor­sk Polar­in­sti­tutt / Sys­sel­man­nen på Sval­bard.

The Sys­sel­man­nen reminds ever­y­bo­dy that the­re is a high avalan­che risk in the field. The Nor­we­gi­an avalan­che warning web­site Varsom.no cur­r­ent­ly indi­ca­tes risk level 3 (oran­ge) for Nor­dens­kiöld Land.

Sval­bard soon vac­ci­na­ted

The Nor­we­gi­an government has announ­ced to give Sval­bard prio­ri­ty in the natio­nal Covid 19 vac­ci­na­ti­on pro­gram­me. The main rea­son is that a local out­break would quick­ly put the emer­gen­cy ser­vices under high pres­su­re becau­se of the distance to the main­land of Nor­way. The local hos­pi­tal does only pro­vi­de basic medi­cal ser­vices, and Covid-19 pati­ents would have to be flown out to Trom­sø.

Corona-crisis: Longyearbyen will be vaccinated soon

Lon­gye­ar­by­en hos­pi­tal would not be able to hand­le a coro­na out­break, so the remo­te com­mu­ni­ty will soon be vac­ci­na­ted.

The idea is to vac­ci­na­te ever­y­bo­dy who is 45 or older as soon as pos­si­ble. This is announ­ced to start now in March. Until now, only elder­ly peop­le have been vac­ci­na­ted, accord­ing to Norway’s nati­on­wi­de vac­ci­na­ti­on prio­ri­ty plan.

The Arc­tic Wed­nes­day: second run!

For all rea­ders who under­stand some Ger­man: Bir­git Lutz and I will con­ti­nue our suc­cess­ful online seri­es of arc­tic pre­sen­ta­ti­ons “The arc­tic Wed­nes­day”, star­ting on 17 March.

Der arktische Mittwoch: 6 arktische Themenvorträge mit Rolf Stange und Birgit Lutz

The arc­tic Wed­nes­day: 6 arc­tic online pre­sen­ta­ti­ons.

Plea­se refer to the Ger­man ver­si­on of this arti­cle by cli­cking here or on the lan­guage icon on top of this page for more details 🙂

Return of the sun cele­bra­ted in Lon­gye­ar­by­en

The return of the sun to Lon­gye­ar­by­en, sol­fest in Nor­we­gi­an, is tra­di­tio­nal­ly cele­bra­ted on 08 March, the day when the sun is direct­ly visi­ble from town after several mon­ths of polar night. This is the case at the stair­ca­se of the old hos­pi­tal, which does not exist any­mo­re (but a repli­ca of the stairs is the­re), near the church.

Usual­ly, the sol­fest comes with a who­le seri­es of cul­tu­ral events over several days, the sun cele­bra­ti­on week (sol­fest­u­ke). The cul­tu­ral part suf­fe­red obvious­ly hea­vi­ly from coro­na restric­tions.

Sun festival 2021, Longyearbyen

Sun fes­ti­val 2021, on 8 March in Lon­gye­ar­by­en. Pho­to © Max Schwei­ger.

Max Schwei­ger is in Lon­gye­ar­by­en and kind­ly pro­vi­ded a cou­p­le of pho­tos of today’s cele­bra­ti­on.

The sun is actual­ly visi­ble from lower Lon­gye­ar­by­en, near the shore of Advent­fjord, but this part of Lon­gye­ar­by­en, now known as Sjøs­kren­ten, did not exist when the tra­di­ti­on of the sun cele­bra­ti­on was star­ted.

Every year, a new emblem is made the sun fes­ti­val. It is cho­sen from drawings made in Longyearbyen’s kin­der­gar­tens. This year’s selec­tion is clear­ly very appro­pria­te!

Sun festival 2021 in Longyearbyen

This year’s emblem for the sun fes­ti­val. Pho­to © Max Schwei­ger.

With the sun cele­bra­ti­on, the long polar night is “offi­cial­ly” over in Lon­gye­ar­by­en. The late win­ter with a lot of light is now the­re, fol­lo­wed by a short spring and then the sum­mer with the mid­ni­ght sun. A lot of light that fol­lows on a long, dark peri­od. May this very soon be the case also for the rest of the world!

Polar bear shot in Mohn­buk­ta, man inju­red

A man was inju­red and a polar bear shot and kil­led ear­lier today in Mohn­buk­ta on the east coast of Spits­ber­gen, accord­ing to the Sys­sel­man­nen.

To per­sons were on the fast ice in Mohn­buk­ta with snow mobi­les. Both were employees in the film pro­duc­tion com­pa­ny Jason Roberts Pro­duc­tions and on the ice to mea­su­re the thic­kness. As far as cur­r­ent­ly known, the men were not awa­re of the pre­sence of the bear until it atta­cked from behind. One man recei­ved inju­ries during the attack, the other one shot the bear.

Polar bear shot in Mohnbukta, Spitsbergen

Polar bear on the ice in Mohn­buk­ta (archi­ve image).

The Sys­sel­man­nen arri­ved soon on site by heli­co­p­ter with poli­ce and res­cue for­ces. The infu­red man was soon deli­ve­r­ed to the hos­pi­tal in Lon­gye­ar­by­en. His inju­ries are said to be minor.

Both per­sons appe­ar to be expe­ri­en­ced locals. The case is under inves­ti­ga­ti­on by the Sys­sel­man­nen. Polar bears are pro­tec­ted in Spits­ber­gen.

Nor­we­gi­an coal mining in Spits­ber­gen to end in 2028

Coal is an ener­gy car­ri­er source of the past. This is also the case in Spits­ber­gen, whe­re the power sup­ply of most of the few remai­ning sett­le­ments is till based on coal. Work has been going on for more than just a while in Lon­gye­ar­by­en to replace today’s coal power plant with a more modern, more envi­ron­ment­al­ly friend­ly and more reli­able ener­gy sup­ply. The ques­ti­on as to which ener­gy source will be used, or which com­bi­na­ti­on of various ener­gy sources, remains yet to be ans­we­red, several opti­ons are still deba­ted. But the aim is to have a new ener­gy sup­ply up and run­ning wit­hin 5 years.

Expec­ting that the new solu­ti­on will not invol­ve coal, the Nor­we­gi­an mining com­pa­ny Store Nor­ske Spits­ber­gen Kul­kom­pa­ni has deci­ded to put an end to coal mining in mine 7, the last Nor­we­gi­an coal mine in Spits­ber­gen that is still pro­du­cing coal, when the coal power plant is histo­ry, accord­ing to Sval­bard­pos­ten. Hence, mining is expec­te to cea­se in mine 7 in 2028. Store Nor­ske then expects to use 2 years for a major clean-up.

Mine 7: end of coal mining in Spitsbergen in 2028

Mine 7 near Lon­gye­ar­by­en: end of Nor­we­gi­an coal mining in Spits­ber­gen expec­ted in 2028.

Store Nor­ske expects growth and new jobs in busi­ness are­as such as new solu­ti­ons of ener­gy sup­ply, logistics, pro­per­ty and housing.

Sveagru­va, for deca­des Norway’s lar­gest coal mining sett­le­ment in Spits­ber­gen, is alrea­dy in an advan­ced sta­ge of a major clean-up pro­cess. The Rus­si­an in Bar­ents­burg may, for some time, be the only ones who run an acti­ve coal mine in Spits­ber­gen, but also here – coal mining won’t last fore­ver. The end of coal pro­duc­tion in Bar­ents­burg has been fore­cas­ted alrea­dy more than once, with mining com­ing to an end in years that are now alrea­dy histo­ry. But it appears fair to assu­me that Rus­si­an coal mining won’t con­ti­nue much bey­ond 2030, if at all.

Local tour ope­ra­tors: 65 % loss, sup­port to come soon

Local tour ope­ra­tors in Lon­gye­ar­by­en have to deal with los­ses of 65 % in average due to coro­na. For some, the last year has been a total loss, some com­pa­nies and indi­vi­du­als would be hap­py to have a remai­ning tur­no­ver of 35 %. Others have some boo­kings by tou­rists com­ing from main­land Nor­way, but also the­se don’t come in num­bers com­pa­ra­ble to pre­vious years. The­re is no inter­na­tio­nal tou­rism due to the cur­rent tra­vel restric­tions. It remains to be seen when things real­ly get bet­ter.

Longyearbyen tourism Corona

Win­ter tou­rism in Spits­ber­gen:
will lar­gey be a loss this year – again.

At least, local tour ope­ra­tors can now expect 40 mil­li­on kro­ner (3.9 mil­li­on Euro) as public sup­port sup­port from Oslo. It is too ear­ly to say if all com­pa­nies will sur­vi­ve the cur­rent cri­sis even con­si­de­ring this new finan­cial aid. The upco­m­ing win­ter sea­son, nor­mal­ly pea­king in March and April, will most­ly not hap­pen this year.

The “arc­tic Wed­nes­day” con­ti­nued: online pre­sen­ta­ti­on about the Mosaic expe­di­ti­on, 3 March

The seri­es of 6 arc­tic online pre­sen­ta­ti­ons in the seri­es “The Arc­tic Wed­nes­day” that Bir­git Lutz and I have star­ted is over – but this is not the end of the Arc­tic Wed­nes­day. It has been just too good to stop it now.

The pre­sen­ta­ti­ons will be held in Ger­man.

Icebreaker Polarstern, Mosaic expedition. Presentation in the series Arctic Wednesday, 3 March

The rese­arch ice­brea­ker Polar­stern during the Mosaic expe­di­ti­on:
Pre­sen­ta­ti­on in the seri­es “Arc­tic Wed­nes­day” on 3 March.

Bir­git and I are, howe­ver, not the only ones who have got some sto­ries to tell. On 3 March, Udo Zöphel will talk about his expe­ri­en­ces as a polar bear guard for sci­en­tists during several arc­tic win­ter mon­ths as a mem­ber of the Mosaic expe­di­ti­on, drif­ting with the ice­brea­ker Polar­stern with the ice across the Arc­tic Oce­an. Click here for more infor­ma­ti­on about the pre­sen­ta­ti­on (the link will open a Ger­man page, but the pre­sen­ta­ti­on will also be held in Ger­man).

After a litt­le break, Bir­git and I will come up with several more dates in March. We will pre­sent the new dates on 03 March. See you then! 🙂

Ski mara­thon can­cel­led

The ski mara­thon, one of Longyearbyen’s major annu­al events in the calen­dar of sports and cul­tu­re and in 2021 sche­du­led for 17 April, has now been can­cel­led becau­se of coro­na for the second time in a row. The ski mara­thon is orga­nis­ed by Sval­bard Turn, a local sports club in Lon­gye­ar­by­en. For the club, the can­cel­la­ti­on invol­ves a lot of effort and a major finan­cial loss. Lon­gye­ar­by­en loses a major event that used to bring several hund­red inter­na­tio­nal par­ti­ci­pants in recent years, making the mara­thon an important event also for the local tou­rism indus­try inclu­ding hotels, restau­rants and tour ope­ra­tors.

Longyearbyen skim arathon: cancelled because of Corona

The ski mara­thon in Lon­gye­ar­by­en has now been can­cel­led becau­se of coro­na – for the second time.

Sval­bard Turn now puts their hopes on the con­ven­tio­nal mara­thon on 05 June. The par­ti­ci­pants of the ski mara­thon can re-book for 23 April 2022. This inclu­des a lar­ge num­ber of peop­le who wan­ted to to the mara­thon alrea­dy in 2020.

Strict rules for crui­se ships until at least end of April

The strict rules for ship-based tou­rism in Nor­way inclu­ding Spits­ber­gen will remain in for­ce until at least end of April, accord­ing to an offi­cial press release by the Nor­we­gi­an government.

Most ship owners and tour ope­ra­tors had to can­cel their arc­tic sea­son in 2020 com­ple­te­ly. Only a few crui­ses were actual­ly car­ri­ed out, for examp­le by the Cape Race, the Ori­go and the Le Bore­al, with strict hygie­ne mea­su­res. This was, in the­se cases, done suc­cess­ful­ly without any cases of Coro­na (Sars­Cov-2, Covid19) on board. The coro­na out­break on the Hur­tig­ru­ten ship Roald Amund­sen, howe­ver, shows that it is dif­fi­cult to achie­ve abso­lu­te safe­ty.

Restric­tions inclu­de a com­ple­te ban on lar­ger ships and a reduc­tion of the pas­sen­ger capa­ci­ty to 50 %, some­thing that makes ope­ra­ti­on eco­no­mi­c­al­ly impos­si­ble for many com­pa­nies. The­se and other restric­tions (see Lovdata.no (Nor­we­gi­an) for all details) remain in for­ce during the spring, as could be expec­ted.

Origo, Spitsbergen

The Ori­go: one of a few ships that actual­ly did some crui­ses in Spits­ber­gen in 2020.

The Nor­we­gi­an government has announ­ced to moni­tor the situa­ti­on and to make a decisi­on until 01 May about exten­ding the restric­tions or modi­fy­ing them as appro­pria­te.

Gene­ral restric­tions on inter­na­tio­nal tra­vel­ling as well as the new requi­re­ments for coro­na tes­ting befo­re tra­vel­ling from main­land Nor­way to Spits­ber­gen remain in for­ce.

Coro­na tests for Spits­ber­gen tra­vel­lers, tou­rism in hea­vy seas

Coro­na test requi­re­ments: dif­fi­cult in real life

Sin­ce last Fri­day, all tra­vel­lers to Spits­ber­gen need to show a nega­ti­ve coro­na test that mus not be older than 24 hours. This requi­re­ment comes from the Nor­we­gi­an health minis­ter and it was com­mu­ni­ca­ted on Thurs­day after­noon, just a cou­p­le of hours befo­re it came into for­ce. Local aut­ho­ri­ties, inclu­ding the Sys­sel­man­nen and the com­mu­ni­ty admi­nis­tra­ti­on in Lon­gye­ar­by­en, were not invol­ved. It is, howe­ver, dif­fi­cult to get a test pri­or to depar­tu­re in Oslo or Trom­sø. The­re is a test sta­ti­on for rapid tests at the air­port in Trom­sø, but will soon be clo­sed accord­ing to Sval­bard­pos­ten. This lea­ves tra­vel­lers from Trom­sø with the opti­on for PCR tests, but it takes usual­ly 2-3 days to get the result. Not hel­pful if the requi­red maxi­mum is 24 hours.

Coronatest, Spitsbergen

Coro­na-test on the way to Spits­ber­gen.

The­re is not much more offi­cial infor­ma­ti­on than the hint that all tra­vel­lers are them­sel­ves respon­si­ble to get a valid test in time.

Tour ope­ra­tors in Lon­gye­ar­by­en put staff on lea­ve

The­re is cur­r­ent­ly hard­ly any inter­na­tio­nal traf­fic to Spits­ber­gen. Tra­vel­lers come almost exclu­si­ve­ly from main­land Nor­way, both locals and tou­rists, in num­bers that are a faint shadow of what Lon­gye­ar­by­en was used to until 2019. Major local tour ope­ra­tors have now told Sval­bard­pos­ten to put employees on lea­ve: Hur­tig­ru­ten Sval­bard will send about 40 out of 100 employees home, for part of their time or ful­ly, while 20 of 70 staff of Sval­bard Adven­tures will loo­se 50 % of their work soon. It is uncer­tain when they can return to their work­pla­ces again ful­ly (or at all). Nor­mal­ly, Febru­a­ry would be the start of the important local win­ter sea­son.

Public money does not reach the com­pa­nies as nee­ded

John Einar Lockert, head of Sval­bard Adven­tures in Lon­gye­ar­by­en, feels hims­elf made a fool by govern­men­tal finan­cial aids and regu­la­ti­ons. Com­pa­nies who deci­ded to keep their ope­ra­ti­on up and run­ning lose rights to fun­ding. Ins­tead, the­re are fun­dings for rest­ruc­tu­ring mea­su­res, some­thing many com­pa­nies do cur­r­ent­ly not have any eco­no­mi­c­al power for. Spon­ta­ne­ous regu­la­to­ry initia­ti­ves such as the requi­re­ment for coro­na tests for tra­vel­lers which was intro­du­ced after only a few hours of warning time are not expe­ri­en­ced as hel­pful.

Tourism: in heavy seas due to corona

Tou­rism is, due to coro­na, cur­r­ent­ly in hea­vy seas.

Self-employ­ed peop­le often out in the rain

Not only artists, but also one-man-com­pa­nies wit­hin tou­rism are often just left without public sup­port, in Lon­gye­ar­by­en, Ger­ma­ny and other coun­tries. Self-employ­ed gui­des, for examp­le, who usual­ly offer their ser­vices to com­pa­nies on a con­tract-basis, try to enga­ge them­sel­ves in crea­ti­ve solu­ti­ons whe­re­ver pos­si­ble, and as soon as this is not avail­ab­le any­mo­re, they use up their reser­ves and then depend on part­ners, fami­lies and friends.

Nor­way tigh­tens tra­vel restric­tions and requi­res tests for tra­vel­lers to Spits­ber­gen

Many coun­tries have intro­du­ced restric­tions on tra­vel­ling in an attempt to keep the new ver­si­ons of the Sars­Cov-2 (coro­na) virus under con­trol. Nor­way has also had a num­ber cases with the­se new viru­ses recen­ty and tigh­tens in on regu­la­ti­ons for inter­na­tio­nal traf­fic to redu­ce fur­ther sprea­ding, accord­ing to a press release by the Nor­we­gi­an government, which is also avail­ab­le in Eng­lish (click here).

Corona-quarantine, Spitsbergen

App­lies to all of Spits­ber­gen: Coro­na-qua­ran­ti­ne.
Com­pul­so­ry coro­na tes­ting has now addi­tio­nal­ly been intro­du­ced (pho­to com­po­si­ti­on).

Sin­ce today (Fri­day, 01 Janu­a­ry) ever­y­bo­dy who tra­vels to Spits­ber­gen has to be tes­ted wit­hin 24 hours befo­re tra­vel­ling. This has to be done befo­re tra­vel­ling, hence on the main­land and not after arri­val.

Rapid tests are also accep­ted, acord­ing to Knut Sel­mer, medi­cal doc­tor at the hos­pi­tal in Lon­gye­ar­by­en, who tal­ked to Sval­bard­pos­ten.

New regu­la­ti­ons for dro­nes

New regu­la­ti­ons for dro­nes are in for­ce sin­ce 01 Janu­a­ry 2021. Dro­nes weig­hing more than 250 g or that have a came­ra need to be regis­tered at the Nor­we­gi­an air traf­fic aut­ho­ri­ty air traf­fic aut­ho­ri­ty (Luftf­art­stil­syn­set). This inclu­des a web-based cour­se, a test and a fee. Ever­y­bo­dy who wants to use a dro­ne in Sval­bard (or main­land Nor­way, for that sake) will need to go through that, unless the dro­ne weighs less than 250 g and does not have a came­ra.

Drones in Spitsbergen: rules and no flight zone Longyearbyen

No flight zone around Lon­gye­ar­by­en and the most important rules for dro­nes in Sval­bard (Sys­sel­man­nen. Fol­low the link to get a high reso­lu­ti­on file).

The most important rules are given on the Sysselmannen’s web­site. The­se inclu­de amongst others:

  • Regis­tra­ti­on, cour­se and test, see abo­ve.
  • Gene­ral no flight zones wit­hin 5 km distance from the air­ports in Lon­gye­ar­by­en and Sveagru­va. This inclu­des almost all of Lon­gye­ar­by­en!
  • Gene­ral no flight zones wit­hin 20 km distance around Ny-Åle­sund (radio silence zone to avoid dis­tur­ban­ce of sen­si­ti­ve sci­en­ti­fic instru­ments). This inclu­des the who­le Kongsfjord.
  • Dis­tur­ban­ce of wild­life and humans is gene­ral­ly for­bid­den. Respect peo­p­les’ pri­va­cy (mini­mum distance from peop­le, buil­dings, boats etc.: 150 m).
  • Maxi­mum flight alti­tu­de abo­ve ground: 120 m.
  • The dro­ne must remain wit­hin eye­sight.
  • Fly­ing in darkness is not allo­wed.
General no flight zones within 5 km distance

New rules for dro­nes are in for­ce from 01 Janu­a­ry 2021.

Expan­si­on of Nor­dens­kiöld Land natio­nal park

Nor­dens­kiöld Land Natio­nal­park inclu­des the sou­thern part of Nor­dens­kiöld Land, in other words the north coast of Bellsund. This natio­nal park is now under review and the plan is to make it much lar­ger. The idea is to inclu­de almost all of Van Mijen­fjord and lar­ge parts of Van Keu­len­fjord. The south side of Van Keu­len­fjord are alrea­dy part of the South Spits­ber­gen natio­nal park. The result would hence be that all of Spits­ber­gen south of Nor­dens­kiöld Land, from Van Mijen­fjord to Sør­kapp, would have pro­tec­tion sta­tus as natio­nal park.

Nordenskiöld Land National park: expansion

Blue: the sche­du­led expan­si­on of Nor­dens­kiöld Land natio­nal park.
Map © Sys­sel­man­nen på Sval­bard.

Public hea­ring

The pro­cess is cur­r­ent­ly in the sta­ge of public hea­ring. The public is encou­ra­ged to give input to the Sys­sel­man­nen.

Restric­tions for snow mobi­les, new bird sanc­tua­ries

A lar­ger Nor­dens­kiöld Land natio­nal park is likely to invol­ve several restric­tions for public traf­fic, inclu­ding restric­tions for moto­ri­zed traf­fic (snow mobi­les) on the fjord ice of Van Mijen­fjor­den. This is main­ly tar­ge­tet against snow mobi­le traf­fic to Rin­ders­buk­ta and Akseløya. In addi­ti­on, 3 new bird sanc­tua­ries are plan­ned in loca­ti­ons that have high con­cen­tra­ti­ons of res­ting and bree­ding birds, main­ly com­mon eider ducks, bar­na­cle geese and pink-foo­ted geese. The loca­ti­ons cur­r­ent­ly in ques­ti­on are Maria­hol­men (near Akseløya), Ehol­men (near Fors­b­la­dod­den) and Mid­ter­huks­let­ta.

Nordenskiöld Land national park:  bird sanctuary Midterhukssletta

The expan­si­on of the Nor­dens­kiöld Land natio­nal park may bring traf­fic restric­tions in several new bird sanc­tua­ries, incu­ding Mid­ter­huks­let­ta.

Parts of the for­mer sett­le­ment of Sveagru­va, which is lar­ge­ly being remo­ved the­se days, are cur­r­ent­ly not inclu­ded in the enlar­ged natio­nal park.

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