Traffic

Old wagon trails on plain field, Svalbard, Spitsbergen.
Photo: Stein Ø. Nilsen / Norwegian Polar Institute

Increased traffic in Svalbard, both motorised and non-motorised, may have negative impacts on the soil, plant cover, animal life and cultural heritage sites. Motorised traffic also disturbs other people who wish to experience solitude and peace and quiet. Monitoring the scale of the ongoing traffic provides useful information for the management authorities.