We want everyone to enjoy their time in the mountains in winter. For this reason, please pay particular attention to regulated bodies of water with unsafe ice. We encourage everyone to follow cleared and marked ski tracks and to take note of warning signs and barriers.

  • You can find up-to-date information about the ice conditions in Norway at Varsom.no.
  • Ice safety rules (see the bottom of the page)

Unsafe ice on regulated bodies of water 

A number of lakes in easily accessible skiing areas are regulated. For this reason, it is important to be aware of unsafe ice if you are skiing or driving a snowmobile across regulated watercourses.

The ice on regulated bodies of water used for power production is weak in some areas and less safe than other bodies of water. Areas where the ice could be particularly weak includes areas near inlets and outlets to water tunnels, streams, stream intakes and river mouths. The intake can be located both by the shore and some distance out into the body of water. It is therefore important to exercise great caution when crossing ice-covered lakes and rivers.

Surface water

Large volumes of snow can led to surface water. The weight of the snow pushes the ice down so that water flows up on top of the ice, but beneath the snow cover. It can often be difficult to see where the ice is unsafe in such conditions. Surface water is often an indication of unsafe ice.

Skagerak Kraft takes responsibility

Skagerak Kraft supports the preparation of ski tracks and printing of outdoor activity maps in connection with our regulated watercourses. We encourage those involved in this process to highlight unsafe areas and to avoid placing ski tracks in areas containing regulated bodies of water and areas prone to avalanches and landslides.