Planning a trip (non-resident visitors)

If you are planning a trip in Svalbard, there are special regulations and local conditions you need to be familiar with. You should also know that there are different rules applying to visitors, residents, tour operators and researchers.

You plan to go on a long private trip or expedition / You plan to arrive by boat:

If you plan to go on a longer trip on your own outside Management Area 10, or if you're going to Svalbard by a private boat, you will need to comply with the notification and SAR-insurance requirements. Contact the Governor's office at firmapost@sysselmannen.no and familiarise yourself with local regulations, particularly those dealing with environmental and safety precautions. Read the rest of the information in the insert to the right.

You are going on a short, privately organised trip:

If you are planning to go on a trip on your own, within Management Area 10, you do not need to contact the Governor of Svalbard. Read the rest of the information in the insert to the right, disregarding "Notification and Insurance Procedures", since you are not going outside Management Area 10. But if you for instance are planning to set camp on the northern shore of Isfjorden you are considered to be outside the Management Area 10, and will need to comply with the notification and insurance requirements. Familiarise yourself with local regulations, particularly those dealing with environmental and safety precautions.

You are only going to Longyearbyen / You will be going on an organised tour:

If you intend to stay whithin the settlements, or to take part in activities arranged by a tour operator, you do not need to contact the Governor. Get in touch with the local tourist information, Visit Svalbard , which will provide you with the information you need about Svalbard, accommodations, activities etc.

 

Area restrictions

The management of Svalbard has high goals for the conservation of environment and human artefacts. For this reason, various restrictions apply to traffic.

Read more «Area restrictions»

Traces in nature

Being an invisible tourist is impossible, but we appreciate your trying! Residue of bonfires, latrines, cairns and other traces of recent human activity should not be left.

Read more «Traces in nature»

Camping

Out of concern for the environment and your safety, we impose a few rules for camping outside the public camp grounds in the settlements of Longyearbyen and Ny-Ålesund.

Read more «Camping»

Equipment and safety

Your safety depends, above all, on yourself. You are expected to have the knowledge and the equipment to handle the arctic conditions.

 

Read more «Equipment and safety»

Notification and Insurance Procedures

If you plan to go on a trip on your own outside Management Area 10, you are required to notify the Governor of Svalbard and to have a SAR-insurance. Please read more about this below.

Read more «Notification and Insurance Procedures »