Visitor information

Ny-Ålesund is an international research station and is only open to scientists and invited guests.

It is vital for the environment and the researchers that the following is observed:
- Turn OFF all wireless equipment: mobile phones, Bluetooth, wireless LAN etc.
- No traffic is allowed on the runway and at red traffic lights on the way to and from the airport
- Stay on the roads
- Do not walk/cycle/ski through scientific areas or bird reserves (see maps for reference)
- Do not disturb or feed any animals
- Do not litter
- Do not damage the cultural heritage

 
 
 

Restricted areas

To protect the vulnerable natural environment and the research sites in and about Ny-Ålesund, both regional and local restrictions apply.

Regional regulations in Kongsfjorden (laws and regulations for the whole of Svalbard)
See more information at sysselmannen.no

There are three bird sanctuaries in Kongsfjorden. The sanctuaries include the islands and the surrounding sea, 300 meters from the shore. No traffic is allowed in the sanctuaries from 15th of May to 15th of August. To visit the sanctuaries between these dates, permission from the Governor of Svalbard is needed.

Ossian Sars-fjellet is a nature reserve. It is not allowed to make a fire, or make camp.

To visit Prins Karls Forland and Nordvest Spitsbergen National Park in the summer you need to fill out a form from the Governor of Svalbard before you go. This form you can find at the Reception in the Service Building. Visitors travelling alone must apply to the Governor of Svalbard.

Local restrictions (in agreement between Kings Bay AS and the research institutions)
The area surrounding Solvatnet and Thiis-bukta are local bird sanctuaries. Traffic in these areas is not permitted from 15th of May to 15th of August.

No activity is allowed within a 100 meter radius from the Zeppelin station.