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Ice thickness

In Short

  • Stavanger kommune starts to measure the strength and thickness of the ice on 13 bodies of water in the Stavanger area when the waters begin to freeze.

Information in other languages

Usikker is ved Breiavatnet

When is the ice safe?

The ice has to be a minimum of 13 cm thick, and of good quality, before we can say it is safe for people to walk on. Check the updated list below and signs around the waters.

For you that wants to go out on the ice

Iced over waters can have areas with thin ice or no ice at all, for example along the edges where vegetation is growing, or where a stream flows into or out of it. Some of these areas will be cordoned off, but you also need to be on your guard.

Familiarise yourself with the water and where the dangerous areas might be. All traffic on the ice is at your own risk.

We will put up signs saying “Usikker is”, meaning thin or dangerous ice, when the ice is unsafe. Then you have to stay on land even though the ice might look safe. Please be aware of that we do not put out signs in Rennesøy and Finnøy.

We do not measure other waters than the waters uplisted in the tabel below. We do not measure ice on the sea and do not put up any signs along the seafront. We discourage traffic on sea ice. It is usually thinner than ice on fresh water.

Updated measurements of iced waters in Stavanger

  Date Thickness of ice (cm) Status
Mosvatnet 21.01.2024  


Litle Stokkavatn 21.01.2024  


 Vannassen 21.01.2024   Unsafe
Store Stokkavatn 21.01.2024  


Hålandsvatnet 21.01.2024  



Breiavatnet 21.01.2024   Unsafe
Hindalsdammen 21.01.2024   Unsafe
Bergåstjern 21.01.2024  


Litle Vannassen 21.01.2024   Unsafe
Dalestemmen, Rennesøy 21.01.2024  


Vikestemmen, Rennesøy 21.01.2024   Unsafe
Lauvsnesvatnet, Finnøy 21.01.2024  


The pond by the culvert by Tjodolvs gate 21.01.2024   Unsafe

As a safety precaution, we do not publish any measurements of the ice thickness before it has reached a minimum of 13 centimetres.