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Longyearbyen

Svalbard Global Seed Vault - Svalbard Science Destination

  • Postboks 97, Spitsbergen
  • +47 79022122
  •  /  km From You
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Join Svalbard Science Destination to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. We start at the greenhouse of the local company Polar Permaculture, where food plants is grown for the towns restaurants. In this Arctic oasis we will learn about genetic diversity and why it is so important for our survival. When we later drive up to the Seed Vault, you will understand that you are in a place of almost unimaginable significance. We will not enter the facility itself, since only maintenance workers and the experts handling the seeds are allowed in, but you will still feel the serenity of the location, and always carry with you the knowledge of what you have seen.

You are on Svalbard. Imagine what you can learn.

Did you know that the largest crop variety in the world is hidden 400 feet inside a mountain outside Longyearbyen, protected by the northern lights and permafrost? This is the backup copy of the worlds gene banks for seeds, and our capability to feed the world depends on it.

Join Svalbard Science Destination to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. We start at the greenhouse of the local company Polar Permaculture, where food plants is grown for the towns restaurants. In this Arctic oasis we will learn about genetic diversity and why it is so important for our survival.

When we later drive up to the Seed Vault, you will understand that you are in a place of almost unimaginable significance. We will not enter the facility itself, since only maintenance workers and the experts handling the seeds are allowed in, but you will still feel the serenity of the location, and always carry with you the knowledge of what you have seen.

Practical information
- Pickup service at all hotels, as well as return
- Morning tours start 09:30am, afternoon tours at 2:00pm
- Duration 2 hours
- Groups of 4 persons or more can order tailored tours.
- Not physically demanding, suitable for all
- The tours takes part out doors. Dress warm and check the weather forecast
- Minium 2 participants required
- Note that we will not enter the vault itself, as described above

Svalbard Science Destination
On this island the international community works with science and technology that matters to the entire planet. We are here to show this fantastic work to our guests. Our tours are run in small groups to facilitate the dialogue with our knowledgable and educated guides, who all have experience in Arctic research or technology.


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  • Source: Svalbard Reiseliv AS

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  • Short hikes (1-4 hours)

Opening hours

Aug 22, 2016 - Dec 31, 2017: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun 09:30 - 11:30
Aug 22, 2016 - Dec 31, 2017: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun 14:00 - 16:00
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Duration
1-4 hours
Season
Winter
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Spitsbergen, Norway
The latitude and longitude
78° 13' 32" N / 15° 37' 22" E
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