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Ice thickness

In Short

  • Update 20.03.2018: The ice is unsafe on all waters in Stavanger.
  • Stavanger kommune starts to measure the strength and thickness of the ice on eight bodies of water in the Stavanger area when the waters begin to freeze.

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Vinterstemning rundt Vannassen - foto: Ståle Madland Schjelderup

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 signposts 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.

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

  • Update 18.03.2018: The ice is safe on Hindalsdammen. The ice is unsafe on all other waters in Stavanger (under 13 cm).
  Date Thickness of ice (cm) Status
Mosvatnet  20 March Below 13 cm Unsafe
Vannassen  20 March Below 13 cm  Unsafe
Litle Stokkavatn  20 March Below 13 cm Unsafe
Store Stokkavatn  20 March Below 13 cm Unsafe
Hålandsvatnet  20 March Below 13 cm  Unsafe
Breiavatnet  20 March Below 13 cm Unsafe
Hindalsdammen  20 March Below 13 cm Unsafe
Bergåstjern  20 March Below 13 cm Unsafe

As a safety precaution, we do not publish any measurements of the ice thickness before it has reached a minimum of 13 centimetres.