Depth-integrated production rates of OH radicals and NO2 molecules from snowpacks in Ny-Alesund, Svalbard, are calculated from fieldwork investigating the light penetration depth (e-folding depth) and nadir reflectivity of snowpacks during the unusually warm spring of 2006. Light penetration depths of 8.1, 11.3, 5.1, and 8.2 cm were measured for fresh, old, marine-influenced, and glacial snowpacks, respectively (wavelength 400 nm). Radiative-transfer calculations of the light penetration depths with reflectivity measurements produced scattering cross sections of 5.3, 9.5, 20, and 25.5 m(2) kg(-1) and absorption cross sections of 7.7, 1.4, 3.4, and 0.5 cm(2) kg(-1) for the fresh, old, marine-influenced, and glacial snowpacks, respectively (wavelength 400 nm). Photolysis rate coefficients, J, are presented as a function of snow depth and solar zenith angle for the four snowpacks for the photolysis of H2O2 and NO3-. Depth-integrated production rates of hydroxyl radicals are 1270, 2130, 950, and 1850 nmol m(-2) h(-1) (solar zenith angle of 60 degrees) for fresh, old, marine-influenced, and glacial snowpacks, respectively. Depth-integrated production rates of NO2 are 32, 56, 11, and 22 nmol m(-2) h(-1) (solar zenith angle of 60 degrees) for the fresh, old, marine-influenced, and glacial snowpacks, respectively. The uncertainty of repeated light penetration depth measurement was determined to be similar to 20%, which propagates into a 20% error in depth-integrated production rates. A very simple steady state hydroxyl radical calculation demonstrates that a pseudo first-order loss rate of OH radicals of similar to 10(2)-10(4) s(-1) is required in snowpack. The snowpacks around Ny-Alesund are thick enough to be considered optically infinite.