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Northern lights and pink sky over snow-covered mountains in Svalbard
Northern lights over Svalbard.
Photo: Sophie Cordon

Next to the North Pole

Welcome to Svalbard, an island realm with ice-covered fjords, glaciers, soaring mountains, and rare wildlife that includes polar bears. A prime location for aurora hunts and other northern lights experiences.

A lavvo below the northern lights in Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Hunting the northern lights in Svalbard.
Photo: Marcela Cardenas / www.nordnorge.com/Longyearbyen
Svalbard
Svalbard.
Photo: Björn Klauer / www.nordnorge.com/Longyearbyen
Longyearbyen, Svalbard
A polar bear at Svalbard.
Photo: Roy Mangersnes / wildphoto.no / www.nordnorge.com
Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Longyearbyen, Svalbard.
Photo: Marcela Cardenas
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Snowmobile safari at Svalbard.
Photo: Marcela Cardenas / www.nordnorge.com / Longyearbyen
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Dog sledding at Svalbard.
Photo: Marcela Cardenas

Northern lights forecast

The NorwayLights app provides the best prediction for when to see the northern lights in your area.

 

Getting here and around

Svalbard is not part of the Schengen area, so passports must be brought by all non-Norwegian visitors. Get in-depth travel information on Svalbard’s official website.

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