We promote sustainable development and preservation of high quality guiding in the Arctic. Not only to assure and improve safety for guests and guides alike, also to foster social acceptance and recognition of the guide profession.
We are the first representative of Svalbard's guide community. To achieve our objectives we will transfer information between officials, companies and guides: we will act as an information intermediary.
We are working together with different actors in the tourism industry: Officials like Sysselmannen and Lokalstyre, other nature associations like NNGF and PTGA, as well as a union (HK) and other actors.
"Some guides in Longyearbyen are lucky. They are Norwegian and have permanent positions working for Norwegian employers. These guides have now been laid off along with their co-workers, but these lucky guides will receive unemployment benefits. Many other guides, however, are less fortunate. Some are now finding themselves in extremely difficult situations...
Like the last two years, the sea ice in Rindersbukta, Tempelfjorden and Billefjorden is closed from now till 01.06.20 for motorized traffic. Outside this areas it is allowed to cross over the sea ice on the shortest navigable route.
The business sector of Svalbard is being affected by the coronavirus. With the risk of infection and with quarantine measures, there is a danger that people will travel less. This is why Longyearbyen’s second largest tourism company, Svalbard Adventures, has notified employees of possible layoffs.
Translated version of Svalbardposten's post about corona virus affecting the tourism industry