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Walrus in Svalbard, Norway Photo: Kristina Lind/Innovation Norway

What to do in Svalbard

Join a boat trip to watch the arctic landscape and wildlife. Or try dog sledding or a snowmobile safari.

Summer and autumn activities

During summer and autumn, hiking can be combined with boat trips and cruises. The experience of the Svalbard summer is highlighted under lively bird cliffs or when you pitch your tent in a landscape surrounded by mountain peaks and glaciers. Svalbard is also worth experiencing from a kayak, watching a seal basking on a nearby sheet of ice. You can also experience the wonderful scenery by going dog sledding on wheels.

Winter activities

The winter season offers opportunities for combining for example longer skiing trips with snowmobile safaris or dog sledding.

To ascend Svalbard’s highest peaks by the use of skis may be a dream for some, whilst others prefer to explore the winter wonderland by dog teams or snowmobiles.

Many activities are only available during certain seasons. Dog sledding, snowmobile safaris and skiing are usually possible from December to late May. However, in some areas these activities may be offered in summer as well.

Boating season

The boating season normally starts at the beginning of June and lasts to the first half of September.

Other activities

At the gallery in Longyearbyen you can see the Svalbard collection of old maps and books, a slide show from the photographer and composer Thomas Widerberg, and an exhibition of Kåre Tveter’s paintings. From time to time there are also sales exhibitions.

The Longyearbyen Church is open for visitors every day and there is a service nearly every Sunday. Every Tuesday evening, the church sells coffee and Norwegian waffles. Here you get to know Longyearbyen and the people better.

The Svalbard Museum in Longyearbyen offers various exhibitions of flora, fauna, coal mining and hunting history on Svalbard. 

The cable trestles are cultural monuments over the manual driven coal mining in Longyearbyen. At that time, the coal was transported in "kibs" (carriers) on the cable way to the cleaning plant.

There is a selection of cafés, pubs and restaurants in Longyearbyen, the capital of Svalbard. Having your meal in a trapper's cabin is a special experience.

Organised events

Some of the organised events require a minimum number of participants. With Longyearbyen as a starting point, these are some of the activities on offer:

  • Barbecue evenings
  • Boat trips
  • Dog sledding
  • Fossil hunting
  • Glacier walks
  • Hikes
  • Riding
  • Ice caving
  • Kayak trips
  • Sightseeing
  • Skiing trips
  • Snowmobile safaris
  • Weasel trips
  • Wilderness camps

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Last updated:  2012-12-20
 - Photo: Bryan & Cherry Alexander
 - Photo: Svalbard Reiseliv/ Hilde Fålun Strøm

Interest:  Museums & Galleries, Guided tours, Snowscooter, Riding & Sledding, Skiing, Arctic Norway, Coast and coastal culture

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Walrus in Svalbard, Norway - Photo: Kristina Lind/Innovation Norway

What to do in Svalbard

Join a boat trip to watch the arctic landscape and wildlife. Or try dog sledding or a snowmobile safari.

What to do in Svalbard

Source: Visitnorway

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