Norwegian authorities say a man has been found dead following an avalanche on the remote Arctic island of Svalbard.

The governor of Svalbard, in a statement, says the body was found 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) south of the archipelago's main town, Longyearbyen. His identity, age and citizenship were not immediately released.

A large avalanche on Saturday swept through a valley known for being a local thoroughfare between two fjords. The governor's statement said 18 people and a dog took part in the search efforts despite the risks of more avalanches in the area.

The Svalbard archipelago sits more than 800 kilometers (500 miles) north of the mainland. It is known for its stunning views of snow-covered mountains, fjords and glaciers.