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The sun festival week


Sun Festival Week – we celebrate the sun's return to Longyearbyen

Being in Longyearbyen for the annual Sun Festival Week is a unique and memorable experience, which attracts visitors from around the world. Marking the sun’s return is a long-standing traditional for the residents of Svalbard. When the sun returns on 8 March, we gather on the old hospital steps to celebrate the ‘sun’s return’. The saying here goes that ‘the sun is declared back in Longyearbyen when its rays reach the steps’.

Events during the Sun Festival Week include cultural events, concerts, revues, and an outdoor church service. Everyone in Longyearbyen celebrates on this special weekend in March.

A final date for the Sun Festival Week in 2023 has not been decided yet. The dates displayed on this page are only indicative dates and will be updated as soon as the official dates have been decided.

  • Last Updated: 06/15/2022
  • Source: Svalbard Reiseliv AS

Sat, March 4, 2023

Sun, March 5, 2023

Mon, March 6, 2023

Tue, March 7, 2023

Wed, March 8, 2023

Thu, March 9, 2023

Fri, March 10, 2023

Sat, March 11, 2023

Sun, March 12, 2023

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The sun festival week
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