The Polar Night – the period of 24 hours of darkness – has set in by November and Svalbard will remain cloaked in low light until mid-February. While the cold and darkness limits activity, it’s a great time to simply stay cosy indoors, looking out for the Northern Lights.
How many snowmobiles are there in Svalbard?
Number of registered snowmobiles at Svalbard
Data ranges from 235 to 2881. End of interactive chart.
Do I need a gun in Svalbard?
Due to the polar bear threat on Svalbard, anyone travelling outside the settlements must be equipped with suitable means of scaring off polar bears. The office of the Governor of Svalbard also recommends carrying firearms with you. The processing time for all types of firearms applications is up to 6 weeks.
What is the crime rate in Svalbard?
Between 130 and 150 criminal cases are reported in Svalbard every year. The majority involve petty theft or criminal damage, but some involve serious accidents, environmental issues and workplace accidents.